MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Weather-wise, Monday was a perfect day for a baseball game.
St. Maria Goretti coach John Bowen feels his team might have been better served by a rainout.
The Gaels committed four errors and recorded only three hits in a five-inning, 18-0 loss to Martinsburg at P.O. Faulkner Park.
"Defensively, mentally, we didn't come to play - physically, either," said Bowen. "We should've stayed home."
The Gaels (6-8) were coming off a one-run win over Berkeley Springs, a team Martinsburg (19-7) also defeated by only one run. Bulldogs assistant coach Bill Bennett, filling in for head coach John Lowery Jr., said he was surprised by the outcome.
"I didn't know anything about them, really. I knew they played us tough last year," said Bennett, who would not elaborate on why Lowery Jr. was unable to coach. "You never expect a game like that. St. Maria Goretti will always play you tough, whether it's in baseball or basketball."