If ever there was a case to be made for a single-inning mercy rule, it arrived in a Pennsylvania baseball game on Wednesday night.
Facing off against area rival Summit Academy in Western Pennsylvania, Freeport rolled to a 14-0 lead after the top half of the first inning. In that frame alone, two different players had multiple hits and RBI on different at-bats.
Needless to say, the game was over after that, even though Freeport had to play another two innings – and score one more run – to wrap up a 15-0 whitewash.
As raised by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the issue is whether the game should have had to go that long. It was obvious that Summit Academy didn’t have the firepower to compete with a Freeport team that was firing on all cylinders. That isn’t necessarily a matter of a mismatched scheduling error, either; Summit Academy entered the game at 1-1 and Freeport was 1-2.
Sometimes it’s just not your day, even in the first inning. Maybe it’s time that there was a rule for that.