In a result that would make the Bad News Bears (pre-Amanda Wurlitzer and Kelly Leak edition) blush, Apache Junction High School was recently beaten by Chaparral High by a final score of 38-0.
Apparently, Chaparral coach Jerry Dawson was so embarrassed by his team’s VICTORY that he did not report the score. Dawson explained his motives by saying that he didn’t want to have the Apache kids have to read about it, claiming the entire experience was “demeaning” for Apache. You know is probably more demeaning? The fact that an article solely devoted to another coach taking pity on your team appeared in the major local newspaper. Or maybe the fact that Apache apparently really really sucks at baseball.
My personal favorite part of the story follows:
Dawson especially didn’t want his team’s 24-run second inning displayed for public consumption. But Chaparral Athletic Director Corey Newland confirmed that is what Chaparral scored in the inning.
The 10-run mercy rule probably should have gone into affect in the second inning (emphasis added). Chaparral sent 30 batters to the plate, and Apache Junction threw 98 pitches in the inning. That’s a game’s worth of pitches and at-bats
See the bold section? I’m fairly convinced that 24 is greater than 10. Thus, why didn’t the mercy rule go into effect? Perhaps Apache is just known as a late innings team? Either that or they were switching to Rock & Jock Softball rules in the bottom of the 3rd.
I’ve got a beef with Coach Dawson here, I really feel like he blew an opportunity. Chaparral should have had t-shirts, hats, and pennants made up, all to honor the occasion of when they beat up on a bunch of helpless high school students who likely just learned the game of baseball.
Stoke the flames next time Chaparral! Play all 9 innings and you could have won by 80.