Navarre won a fog-shortened baseball season-opener 14-6 Tuesday at Booker T. Washington High School in Pensacola.
Officials stopped the game with one out in the top of the seventh inning because what had been a low mist roiling over the outfield grass when the game's first pitch was thrown had grown into a wall of fog creeping toward home plate.
The Raiders (1-0) had scored three times and had runners at first and third bases when the umpires and coaches huddled a few minutes and waved the teams off the field.
Navarre pounded out 13 hits and drew 13 walks against Wildcats pitching. Jacob Terry went 3-for-5 at the plate, scored four times and drove in a pair of runs to lead five Raiders with multiple hits. Center fielder Devante Taylor had a pair of doubles with a run scored and five runs-batted -in, third baseman Cale Secondine and second baseman Chris Wheeler each singled and doubled and Justin Jordan singled twice.
Junior catcher Dusty Jones, who in 2010 set a school single-season record for walks (24) and tied the record for runs (25), started the new season by drawing five bases-on-balls -- at least two after falling behind no balls and two strikes -- and scoring twice.
Terry was the Raiders' starting pitcher, but couldn't get out of the first inning. Washington catcher Mike Faucher rapped a leadoff double to left center and, after Terry walked Wildcat designated hitter Spencer Barrow, scored on Sam Hopkins' single. Terry got Ross Silecky to strike out looking but hit Matt McKibben to load the bases with one out.
Navarre coach Mickey O'Quinn brought Brock Secondine in to relieve Terry. Secondine struck out Washington pitcher Scott Robertson looking and got shortstop Hayden Bell to strike out swinging. The ball escaped Jones briefly and Barrow barreled home, but Jones recovered and threw to first base to force out Bell and negate the run. Secondine (1-0), a senior, pitched three full innings for the win, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk. He had five strikeouts before being relieved by Jordan with one out in the fourth and leading 4-3. Jordan allowed three runs on four hits, three walks and one hit batter in 2 2/3 innings to finish the game and earn the save. He fanned three.
The Raiders scored three third-inning runs to take the lead for good. Washington starter Robertson (0-1) walked Jones and gave up a single to Terry -- who eventually scored the Raiders' fourth run and his second of the night -- before being relieved by Faucher. The catcher-turned-pitcher struggled in the fifth, when he and Hopkins combined to allow five Navarre runs on four hits and three walks.
Avery Van Brussel had three hits for Washington and Faucher and Hopkins each went 2-for-4. Faucher, McKibben and Bell doubled.Navarre is back in action Friday at Gulf Breeze, with a junior varsity game scheduled at 4 p.m. and the varsity to follow at 7 p.m. The Raiders will host their first home game against the District 1-5A rival Milton Panthers on Saturday at 1 p.m.