ERIE -- The first-ever Tri-Valley League baseball meeting between Erie and Mead will take a bit longer than expected -- as in days longer.
Through 10 innings of play on Tuesday evening, the Mavericks and Tigers had to settle for a 10-10, 10th-inning stalemate when darkness settled in. They'll pick it back up at noon Saturday before the two teams' scheduled rematch.
"This is my first time in high school baseball having to actually suspend a game," said Tigers coach Harold Simmons, who decided along with Mavericks coach Jared Parrish around 6:45 p.m. that it was too dark to safely continue the game on the unlit Erie High School baseball.
Simmons also said Tuesday's contest, or at least the first 10 innings of it, looked like an early-season game. The Tigers had played just once prior, and for the Mavericks it was the school's first game of the season. Mead has moved up to Class 4A, joining area rivals Erie, Frederick and Skyline in the Tri-Valley League.
The Mavericks committed five errors. The Tigers committed two and made four base-running mistakes that led to outs.
"I'm happy, for the most part, with what we did today," Parish said. "We didn't take care of the ball in a few places and got exposed there. Sometimes we didn't keep the baseball down when we needed to."
Sloppiness aside, both lineups jumped on the opposing starter. The teams combined for 15 runs in the first two innings leading to an 8-7 Mavericks lead to start the third. Each team also scored a run in the fifth.
The Tigers tied the game 9-9 in the bottom of the seventh. The Mavericks went back up a run in the top of the eighth only for the Tigers to re-tie it 10-10 in the bottom.
Tigers catcher Ryan Fesmire led them with four hits in five at-bats and Eli Willden drove in three runs with a bases-loaded triple in the second inning.
Both teams checked to make sure their scoring books matched up, which was confirmed by the umpires. They will resume exactly where Tuesday's game was postponed on Saturday.
"Each team was hitting and scoring," said Mavericks junior Tyler Renninson, who went 4 for 5 with three RBIs. "We'll play it Saturday and hopefully we'll come out with two wins."
The Mavericks and Tigers have the second game of their league home-and-away also scheduled for Saturday. They will play that game immediately after completing the continued game.
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Mead 10, Erie 10
Note: Suspended due to darkness; to be resumed Saturday.
At Erie H.S.
Mead (0-0, 0-0) 305 010 010 -- 10 14 5
Erie (1-0, 0-0) 250 010 110 -- 10 8 3
W -- None. L -- None.
Mead hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) -- Van Hooker 4-1-2-0, Beaver 3-3-1-0, Leise 3-2-1-2, Buckendorf 5-1-2-0, Renninson 5-1-4-3, Nelson 5-0-0-0, Couch 4-0-0-0, Adler 3-1-2-1, Mitchell 3-1-1-0. Totals 35-10-13-6. 2B -- Renninson 2, Leise.
Erie hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) -- C. Brink 4-1-0-0, Willden 5-2-2-3, Fesmire 5-2-4-1, Reider 2-1-0-1, C. Crites 3-0-1-2, Leahy 3-0-0-1, Conilogue 2-1-0-0, Ramey 3-0-0-0, Jensen 2-1-1-0, J. Crites 0-1-0-0, Hurst 0-1-0-0. Totals 29-10-8-8. 2B -- C. Crites. 3B -- Fesmire, Willden.
Mead pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Renninson 2-6-7-5-1-3, Beaver 4-1-1-1-3-0, Couch 1-1-2-0-1-0, Hains 1-0-0-0-1-1.
Erie pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- C. Brink 2-5-8-7-4-1, C. Crites 6-8-2-2-2-8.