PRINCETON — In a bizarre turn of events, the Princeton Tigers defeated the Tazewell Bulldogs, 5-2, in a Coppinger Tournament game on April 22 at Bluefield’s Bowen Field, but then were forced to forfeit the game.
Earlier in the week at the Princeton-Bluefield game, the umpire ejected catcher Corey Quick for being too aggressive in tagging out a Bluefield base runner as he attempted to score. West Virginia high school baseball rules indicate that any ejection results in a three-game suspension. After conferring with West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission officials, Princeton officials were under the impression that Quick could play in the Tazewell game, and he did. As it turned out, this was not the case.
Ultimately, Princeton had to forfeit the game.
On the field, Princeton had one of its best performances of the season as the Tigers combined impressive pitching with timely hitting. Earlier in the Coppinger Tournament, Tazewell had defeated Liberty-Raleigh by 31-0, but Tiger hurlers Cameron Mallory and Jon Shoda dominated the Bulldog batters. Mallory and Shoda limited Tazewell to a mere four hits. Going into the top of the seventh inning, the score was tied 2-2, Princeton erupted for three runs. Corey Quick hammered a run-scoring double and Colt Karnes pounded a two-run double. Shoda held Tazewell scoreless in the bottom of the seventh inning to record the apparent victory.
Sean Williams and Cameron Mallory also had strong games. Williams collected two hits and scored three times. In addition, the Tiger centerfielder made several fine plays in the outfield. Aside from an outstanding pitching effort, Mallory smashed two doubles. Freshman Chris Otey recorded Princeton’s other hit.