Texas high schools complete 23-inning, 2-day marathon baseball game

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Midland and Odessa High School played two-and-a-half games' worth of innings. (Getty Images)

Midland High School and Odessa High School started playing a baseball game on Friday. More than 25 hours later, the game ended.

Midland defeated Odessa 4-3 to complete a 23-inning, two-day marathon on Saturday, the longest baseball game in state history. Per ESPN, that inning total also ties the game for the third-longest in U.S. high school baseball history.

The two teams came only two innings short of reaching the national record. The total length of the game was six-and-a-half hours, with 602 pitches thrown

Here is what it looked like when the game finally ended:

Per KMID's Kayler Smith, the game started at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Odessa and was called around 8:30 p.m. due to darkness, with Midland leading 3-2 in the top of the 14th inning. Midland had a chance to end the game as soon as it resumed at 3 p.m., but Odessa scored to keep it going.

The 3-3 tie was finally broken on an RBI groundout by Wyatt Krueger in the top of 23rd, with Jake Nava finally putting an end to the game in the bottom of the inning, his fifth scoreless frame.

And then the two teams started playing the game actually scheduled for Saturday.