With sophomore Ashton McDuffee filling the team’s designated hitter role, the batting lineup usually consists of one freshman, a host of sophomores, two and sometimes three juniors and a single senior. Coach Jim Prevallet is pragmatic about his lineup.
“This bunch by all rights should be playing junior varsity ball, and they would be very good, but we don’t have that option,” he said.
The growing pains have come in the form of defensive confusion at times and an anemic offense. Last week was a good example.
A 10-0 loss at Herrin was highlighted by Stephen Benjamin’s no hitter. The Herrin pitcher struck out five in the win and the five-inning gem extended Massac’s hitless streak to eight innings.
The 13-3 loss Friday at home to Benton was once again symptomatic.
In a lot of Massac’s losses this spring, it has been one bad middle inning that does it. Friday was no different.
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