For the first time since 2000, Patriots beat Bulldogs in baseball action
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Jacob Cox, inset, rounds the bases on April 2 after his three-run, walk-off homer, sending he and his teammates into celebration. Massac County beat the Harrisburg Bulldogs 5-2 for the first time in over a decade.
— Beth Shelton | Metropolis Planet
Jacob Cox, inset, rounds the bases on April 2 after his three-run, walk-off homer, sending he and his teammates into celebration. Massac County beat the Harrisburg Bulldogs 5-2 for the first time in over a decade. — Beth Shelton | Metropolis Planet
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Baseball is a funny game.

If you succeed as a batter at a rate of three out of 10 times, you’re a success and at the major league level that translates into millions of dollars a year.

As a team, if you win six out of 10 times you might make the World Series.

It’s a game of failures and how you adjust to them. Well, for the first time in a great while, unofficially about 13 years, Massac County’s Patriot baseball team put a win on the board against the Harrisburg Bulldogs.

A long dry spell ended last Tuesday as Massac County’s Jacob Cox hit a three-run, walk-off homer to shock the ‘Dogs 5-2.

The see-saw battle had Massac taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third with an RBI by Dalton Mitchell, only to have Harrisburg tie the game in the top of the fourth.

Harrisburg took the lead in the top of the sixth but couldn’t hang on to it as Massac rallied to tie the game on Zach Stewart’s double to the right-center gap.

Judging from past experiences, it would have been understandable to call a six-inning 2-2 tie a “moral victory,” but these boys weren’t buying that idea.

Josh Wetzel relieved Mitchell on the mound after six strong innings and kept the ‘Dogs at bay in their half of the seventh, setting the stage for the offense and Cox.

With teammates Jay Benard and Bryce McClellan on base and a raucous dugout making a whole lot of racket, Cox unloaded on Harrisburg’s Hall’s third offering, sending it over the left field fence and pandemonium erupted.

There wasn’t a lot of offense by either team as the Pats managed six hits to Harrisburg’s seven, but there was one that counted for a boatload and it occurred in Massac’s final at bat.

In relief, Wetzel got the win for Massac. Wetzel, Stewart, Mitchell, McClellan and Cox all had big hits for Massac.

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