Dark gray rain clouds loomed ominously over Hawley Field Wednesday afternoon and for a while it looked like a storm would affect the first round of the West Virginia Legion baseball state tournament.
As it turned out, the game was shortened but not because of weather. Instead, Post 17 poured the runs on en route to a 13-3 mercy-rule victory over Wheeling Post 1.
Fairmont advances in the winner’s bracket and will play tonight at 7 p.m. at Hawley Field against the winner of Wednesday night’s South Charleston/ Morgantown game.
“It’s a good way start off the tournament,” said second baseman Chris Petrucci. “It says we’re here for business. And we are.”