Three Lakes High School defeated Phelps High School here in Wisconsin in baseball action this week. It wasn't your normal game, however. The final was 45-0 and the game was called on account of the "mercy rule" after just 3 innings! In the first inning alone, Phelps gave up 22 runs, 23 hits, 21 walks and 11 steals.
Ben Wales was, by far, the star of this short game. He went 6 for 6 from the plate, hit for the cycle, drove in 12 runs, and was pitching a no-hitter when the game was called. But, believe it or not, none of those stats will count when all is said and done. The reason? WIAA spokesman Todd Clark says that, according to national rules, the game will be ruled a forfeit because it failed to reach the required number of innings.
So, in the end, Three Lakes still gets credited with a win, but Wales essentially gets punished by not having his stats count simply because his team was too good. Something wrong with that picture.