Dynasty ain’t just a prime time soap opera. Take the Woodrow Wilson Tigers baseball team.
Wilson competes in the DCIAA, the public school sports league in Washington, D.C., though “competes” can only be used loosely here. Heading into last week’s championship game against School Without Walls (SWW), Wilson had outscored DCIAA opponents 235-0 this season.
Umpires have invoked the slaughter rule—that any game will end if either team is ahead by 15 runs after 3 innings or 10 runs after five innings—in every Wilson league game this season except one: SWW only lost to Wilson 6-0 in their regular season matchup. Alas, in Thursday’s rematch of the teams in the DCIAA title game, a sixth-inning home run by Wilson’s Elias Rosario put the Tigers up by 10 runs, making for an odd walk-off ending as the ump declared a slaughter and stopped the contest.
Wilson’s cartoonish dominance of DCIAA baseball, and the putridness of the competition provided by the city’s other public schools, are nothing new. The 2022 championship was Wilson’s 29th DCIAA title in a row. Wilson hasn’t even lost a game to another city public school in more than 23 years. And the Tigers’ last league loss, in 1999 to Dunbar, is Wilson’s only defeat in 30 seasons.