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Most career home runs in high school baseball history

Most career home runs in high school baseball history

High school baseball fields have been a launching pad for talented hitters throughout history, with a few players compiling nearly unthinkable long-ball totals during their career.

What’s the record total?

Not surprising, many at the top of the statistical vault played high school ball during the 1990s and the beginning of the millennium — when the aluminum-composite bats were crafted with larger barrels and weight-length ratios that produced 400-foot blasts off the handle.

But that does not detract from the hitter’s record, as there’s still something to be said about…well, hitting a baseball. In any era. With any bat.

So, stepping to the plate, here the all-time home run leaders in high school baseball history.

(Note: These totals are based on the spring baseball season. And, of course, there is always controversy involved, e.g., the top two.)

t-16. Brian Barnett — McQueen (Reno, Nev.)

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The Lancer’s powerful right-handed slugger hit 58 home runs during his career (2005-07).

t-16. Matt Ames — Stanhope Elmore (Millbrook, Ala.)

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Ames socked 58 home runs during his career (1996-99), which was capped off with Alabama’s 5A Player of the Year honors in 1999.

t-14. Steven Lerud — Galena (Reno, Nev.)

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The longball list heads back to Reno, with Galena’s big-hitting catcher Steven Lerud cracking 60 home runs from 2000 to 2003.

t-14. Heath Graham — Stringer High School (Miss.)

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A decade earlier, Stringer’s Heath Graham reached the 60-homer plateau for a carer that spanned from1989 to 1993.

13. Paul Morse — Danville High School (Ky.)

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The Danville slugger topped Graham’s total during the same timeframe, hitting 62 home runs from 1989 to 1992.

12. Mike Wilson — Central High School (Marlow, Okla.)

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The Bronchos’ multi-sport star smacked 63 home runs fro 1993 to 1996.

11. Kevin Bookout — Stroud High School (Okla.)