MARTINSBURG— The Wildcats Senior American Legion team used the “cheaper by the dozen” rule when it opened its season last Wednesday with a 13-3 win over host Berkeley Post 14 in a West Virginia Area game.
After Berkeley scored the first run, the Wildcats quickly erased that lead . . . and proceeded to score the opener’s next 13 runs to move the lead toward “mercy rule” range.
Wildcat infielder Fraser Brown had three hits and the Jefferson County-based team often benefited from Berkeley Post 14 physical errors, mental errors, passed balls, and wild pitches. A number of walks issued by Berkeley pitching also were instrumental in two multi-run innings the Wildcats had before the game actually was stopped by the 10-run mercy rule.
Brandt Petrie, Seth Campbell, and Brown scored the Wildcats’ first three runs. Campbell’s RBI plated Matt Ballou and then Andrew Grove had a single that drove in Campbell.
Wild pitches, passed balls and Berkeley errors helped fuel a six-run inning that ballooned the Wildcat lead to 12-1.
Brown’s third hit of the abbreviated game scored Anthony DiAmario, on base after fanning on a third strike that wasn’t handled. Petrie’s double scored two more runs. When Petrie finally scored on still another passed ball, the Wildcat lead stood at 12-1.
The scheduled nine-inning game was stopped after just seven innings.
The Wildcats were 1-0 in Area play while Berkeley lost for the first time in Area games.