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Ohio high school baseball team hits the big screen

 
Ohio high school baseball team hits the big screen
Posted June 6th, 2013 @ 12:42pm by WTVN Newsroom

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- The story of the 2005 Gibsonburg High School baseball team seemed like a Hollywood movie. Now it is. The film is playing at several theaters across Ohio and will be released on DVD and on-demand services soon.

The team ended the 2005 regular season with a record of 6-17.

"They were run ruled 7 games, which means the score was getting so bad they stopped the game. They lost 13 games in a row and they lost the last game of the year by a score of 17-0," said director Bob Mahaffey.

But it's what the team did in the post-season that puts the story along side famous sports dramas like "Hoosiers" and "Rudy." The Golden Bears ran off eight straight wins to take the Division IV State Championship.

"Did they get good pitching? Did their bats get hot? Did they play a lot of big schools in the regular season? The answers are no, no, no," he said.

Mahaffey says in nearly every post-season game something odd happened. He says in one game the team faced a three-year all-state pitcher. One of the Gibsonburg players ended up hitting two home runs off him. They were the first home runs the kid had ever hit.

While the team was clearly an underdog, Mahaffey says the film was to. The independent flick was shot during the summer of 2011 for about $250,000. The cast is made up of high school and college students. Their compensation is 50 percent of the film's profits.

Most of the movie was shot in Richwood, Ohio at North Union High School.

"We filmed there because it's close to Columbus and their colors are orange and black which are Gibsonburg colors," said Mahaffey.

Other scenes were filmed at Columbus' Huntington Park.

Last year, "Gibsonburg" premiered at the Dances With Films Festival at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. The film was one of 21 selected out of some 1,500 entries.

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