Rain stops Brilliant, New Martinsville matchup

CONNORVILLE — Despite the best effort by the players, coaches and umpires, Mother Nature came away with the victory.

In an attempt to get the game in, Monday’s Legion baseball game between Brilliant Post 573 and New Martinsville Post 28 at Bill Mazeroski Field started early, but the game was called off in the top of the second inning due to a storm.

There was no score in the game when it was called.

“I am not a fan of rain,” Brilliant (4-3) head coach Keith Rejonis said.

New Martinsville had a runner on first with no outs in the second when the storm hit, ending the game.

“It is disappointing for the kids,” Rejonis said. “We are at Buckeye Local, but not all of our kids live here. Our kids have to travel and work to get here. Their parents put in the time and the effort to come out and watch them play. It is disappointing that the game was canceled.”

Both teams were able to get a runner to second base in the first inning, but the runners were left stranded in scoring position.

“I like where we are at,” Rejonis said. “The kids are back from vacation. We have a nice lineup to choose from.”

Post 573 has faced stiff competition so far this season as Brilliant has played two games — one at home and one on the road — against Wheeling Post 1 as well two on the road against Toronto Post 86.

“We know we play a tough schedule,” Rejonis said. “We have played some tough teams, but we have come out and competed. To be above .500 at this point in the season is nice.”

Brilliant and Toronto have split two games this season at the Knights Baseball Complex. Post 573 won the first meeting — in what was Toronto’s first game of the season — while Post 86 got revenge by winning the second matchup.

Brilliant is scheduled to play Toronto at 6 p.m. Wednesday at home.

“The games really are competitive,” Rejonis said. “Sometimes we are up, and sometimes they are up and we have to comeback. We are 1-1 against them on the season. Hopefully, we take the lead in the season series with a win in the next one.”

The players on Post 573 have gotten comfortable playing together on the same team.

“We have a core nucleus of 10 returners, and we have seven more,” Rejonis said. “They all get along. They all love each other. They all support each other.”

New Martinsville head coach Eric McKeever was not available for comment as the players, coaches and umpires ran to their cars after the game was called.

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