Trace Woodworth and his Haslett teammates had already started packing their equipment.
The umpires had already left the field after what was thought to be the clinching run for Haslett in a mercy-rule victory.
All had to return to the playing field Monday after the scoreboard prematurely gave Haslett an extra run that put the mercy-rule into play.
“That was definitely a first,” Haslett coach Jeff Woodworth said.
The Vikings eventually got the clinching run two batters later to officially put the finishing touches on a 16-1 victory in three innings over Portland St. Patrick in a Diamond Classic opener at Kircher Municipal.
Monday’s contest was far from normal for Haslett, which moves on to face CAAC Red rival St. Johns in a Classic quarterfinal Thursday. The Vikings (17-7) sent 17 batters to the plate during a 13-run third inning that wrapped up the win.
“It was good for everyone,” said Trace Woodworth, who had a two-run homer and added an RBI single. “Everyone gets their confidence up, especially coming off a game where we struggled a little bit at the plate. This game helps with everyone getting their confidence back up.”
Portland St. Patrick was shorthanded Monday and played without its starting catcher and center fielder. It also held back its top pitchers because of a doubleheader Tuesday against Pewamo-Westphalia that will decide the CMAC title.
“We need to throw our No. 1 or No. 2 to compete with a team like (Haslett). We just weren’t able to do that,” St. Patrick coach Bryan Scheurer said. “It was great to be invited and I feel like we earned the berth. We just feel bad that we just couldn’t put our best product on the field. We couldn’t get our best nine out there tonight. The league takes precedent.
“For as great opportunity as this and for as great as it is to be invited, our team talked about it and coaching staff talked about it. Trying to win a league title took precedence so this is what we had to deal with.”