You won’t come across a much stranger way to end to a baseball game than the way Williamsburg Post 39 and Smithfield Post 49 did last night.Leading 8-5 heading into the top of the ninth and final inning, a Post 49 player that struck out looking to end the bottom of the eighth was ejected by the home plate umpire after arguing balls and strikes.
Post 49, which was three outs away from ruining Post 39’s unblemished record, had no other players on its bench, however, and as a result, was forced to forfeit.
To put it bluntly, Post 39’s perfect season should have ended Thursday night following its poorest outing of the season thus far.
The Wildflowers (10-0, 7-0 Division 3) led 5-0 after four innings before falling completely apart defensively. Post 39 committed eight errors the rest of the way which led to Post 49 scoring eight unanswered runs to take a 8-5 lead.
The American Legion baseball rules state that if a team is forced to forfeit for any reason, the opposing team receives one run per inning with no runs awarded to the forfeiting team.
Anthony Pietromonaco (1-3) and Teddy West paced Post 39’s offense early driving in two runs apiece. Tyler Klinedinst was also 2-3 with a run-scored.
Post 39 9 Post 49 0
Post 39 (10-0, 7-0 Division 3)- West 2-4 (run, 2 RBI), Pietromonaco 1-3 (2B, 2 RBI), Klinedinst 2-3 (run).
Post 49- N. Griffer 2-5 (run), Thomas 2-4 (run), Armstrong 2-3 (2 2B, RBI)
Poquoson Post 273 21 Colonial Post 1776 8