Pats beat Vienna ace 5-1on April 1
by Galen Shelton
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Luke Wieneke turns the double play with Dalton Mitchell, not pictured, against Vienna on April 1.
Luke Wieneke turns the double play with Dalton Mitchell, not pictured, against Vienna on April 1.
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Mother Nature was the big winner last week as she rained on just about everyone’s parade.

The Patriot baseball team was no exception as they were washed out against Cobden and Marion last week and Monday’s Murphysboro tilt was scrubbed also.

The lone game the Pats were able to get in might just have been their best of the young season.

Massac County parlayed four hits in their last at bat into four runs and a 5-1 win over Vienna and their ace, Dylan Graves.

The match-up took place Tuesday, April 1.

The Pats have struggled with good pitching, as everyone usually does at this time of the year, and Tuesday’s game against the Eagles started out ominously with Graves looking sharp on the hill early on.

Massac County sophomore Jay Benard matched Graves almost pitch for pitch and slowly but surely, the Pats began to put together some quality at bats against Graves.

A handful of hard hit balls by Massac County found the Vienna gloves, but Massac was putting the ball in play.

A big time play in right field by freshman Noah Farmer lit a fire under Massac and the Pats went to work on Graves in the bottom of the sixth.

The Pats sent nine men to the plate getting a pair of singles and a pair of doubles as they plated four runs to break open a tight 1-1 game.

Given a four run cushion to work with, Benard took the hill in the seventh and completed what he had started.

Dalton Mitchell had a pair of doubles and an RBI for Massac.

Brady Austin continued his hot hitting with a pair of safeties, including a double and an RBI. Luke Wieneke also had a pair of hits and an RBI.

Massac managed eight hits off Vienna pitching while Benard scattered seven hits, walked two and struck out six in the complete game effort.

The win ran Massac County’s record to 5-3.

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