Baseball is a numbers game.
There’s 56: Joe DiMaggio’s seemingly unbreakable hitting streak.
There’s 61: Roger Marris’ home run total in 1961 and the true single-season record if you discredit the cheaters.
There’s 511: pitcher Cy Young’s career wins.
And then there’s four.
That’s how many seasons most ball players have left when they enter high school.
Few get the opportunity to play college baseball. Even fewer go pro. For the rest, it’s game over. Time to focus on school. Get an education. Or go to work. Get a real job.
But pitcher Brent Osbourne and catcher Austin Bland are two ball players who aren’t letting the numbers dictate their lives. Though both graduated from North Marion in 2012, they have continued their baseball careers into a fifth season on Fairmont Post 17 Legion.
“We didn’t want to ever quit,” Osbourne said. “We wanted to play in college if we could. Things just didn’t work out that way.”
The ball players share a special connection on the field. Bland caught Osbourne for all four seasons at North Marion.
In their senior season, the Huskies were playing Nitro High School and Korey Dunbar, a catcher ranked the best baseball prospect in all of West Virginia by recruiting service Perfect Game. Osbourne wasn’t intimidated by the eventual 39th-round pick and University of North Carolina backstop.
Baseball is a numbers game.
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Post 17 Fairmont is hoping that they’ve now gotten all of its bad games out of the way, falling to Post 2 Morgantown, 10-0, via a 7th inning mercy rule, crowning Morgantown Area II American Legion champions.
After playing 18 innings the night before, Fairmont couldn’t seem to get anything going at East Fairmont High School Sunday afternoon.
As rain clouds loomed over the field, so, too, did one settle in over Post 17’s offense, Fairmont collecting just four hits the entire game.
“Definitely not one of our better games as a team,” Fairmont’s Austin Norman said of his team’s performance. “We’ll come up tomorrow, hit and get on the same page.”
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