Playing its first Battlefield District game in new uniforms and in the shadow of its brand new scoreboard made the Eastern View baseball team's home opener Friday against James Monroe a special one.
And that was before the Cyclones made history.
A week removed from what Cyclones' manager Danny Nobbs called "the worst game I've ever coached," Eastern View opened its Battlefield slate with a 40-0 victory.
"This may be the first time I've ever been embarrassed to win a game," said Nobbs, who has led the Cyclones to four straight Battlefield District finals appearances.
Nobbs said he learned a lot about the Cyclones (3-0) when they opened the season March 15 with a 5-2 victory at Fauquier despite almost being held hitless.
Eastern View followed that win with a 8-5 victory at Louisa County thanks to a pair of home runs from Ben Pittman, but Friday's game against the Yellow Jackets wasn't even a contest — and not from a lack of trying on the Cyclones' part.
"We could just do no wrong, and they could do no right," Nobbs said.
After scoring 14 runs and batting around twice in the first inning, Nobbs said he pulled the majority of his starters in the second with the Cyclones leading, 19-0.
But even with substitutes on the field, last season's Battlefield runner-up totaled more than 21 hits and racked up 40 runs in just five innings without a single home run.
"We did everything we could to maintain the integrity of the game," Nobbs said. "We didn't take extra bases, and we didn't try to run the score up. It kind of felt like we were doing something wrong even though we weren't. It was kind of like going into a fight with a guy you're twice the size of and you know you're going to pummel."
Virginia High School League Assistant Director Tom Dolan said Saturday that he wasn't sure the VHSL even kept such records, but Nobbs said the highest-scoring game he can remember was a 31-4 victory by Piper High School in Florida.
"It was certainly the highest-scoring game I've seen in all my years coaching," Nobbs said.
Junior Cain Finkle led the Cyclones from the plate Friday, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and five RBIs. Nate Yates finished 2-for-2 with a double, a triple and five RBIs, Austin Huff finished 2-for-3 with four RBIs, Jacob Jackson went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Denver Jenkins finished 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs.
Sophomore lefty A.J. Stead got the start on the mound and went three innings, striking out seven while giving up three walks and one hit. Fellow lefty Rajee Brown went the rest of the way, striking out two and walking three while not surrendering a hit.
Whether Friday's blowout was a state record or not, it was certainly the Cyclones' highest scoring game since their inaugural season in 2008. And it couldn't have come at a better time, with district foes King George (Tuesday) and Courtland (Thursday) coming to town this week before a pair of road battles against perennial Region-I powers Tabb (April 4) and Lafayette (April 5).
"We tweaked some things in practice and really got the ball rolling against Louisa, and it kind of carried over," Nobbs said. "We were feeling good before the season began, but now our confidence is at an all-time high."