Weirton leads Richmond after Wednesday washout

WEIRTON – The weather was a formidable opponent throughout the high school baseball season. It seemed as if the weather won more times than it lost.

Wednesday, the weather was once again victorious as the Legion baseball game between Weirton Post 10 and Richmond Post 740 at Bowman Field was called due to the rain and muddy field conditions.

The game was called with two outs in the bottom of the third inning bringing an end to Post 10’s season opener. Weirton was winning 2-0 at the time.

“We can’t shake the rain,” Weirton head coach Bill Magnone said. “The weather has been bad. It keeps raining. We had a bad winter.”

The hosts scored both of their runs in the bottom of the third inning.

“Bill tried to get the game in,” Richmond head coach Sam Davis said. “We thought maybe we could get in. We were just worried about the kids getting hurt. We were afraid someone might twist something and get hurt. It is not worth it.”

Heath Hildreth was on the mound for Weirton. He did not record a strikeout while walking two in his three innings of work.

Offensively, Post 10 pounded out a pair of base hits. Hildreth helped his own cause with a base hit and Kelean Welch also contributed a base hit.

Post 10 tallied both of their runs when Vinnie Merico reached on an errant throw to first.

Clay Woodward was on the mound for Richmond. Woodward struck out two while issuing three free passes.

Tanner Wise had the lone hit for Post 740. The center fielder ripped a double.

“We did not want to get anybody hurt,” Davis said. “Clay was having problems with his plant foot slipping. He has had some knee problems in the past, and we did not want to risk him getting hurt.”

Richmond (2-2) is scheduled to play a doubleheader starting at 5:30 p.m. today at Tuscarawas County. Weirton’s next game is scheduled for Monday at Cadiz.

“It is still early in the season,” Magnone said.