Local high schools are battling Mother Nature, but teams are at least getting their feet wet — sometimes literally — in the 2023 season.
Massac County baseball has gotten in four games so far and own a record of 2-2.
After a season opening win over Pope County, the Patriots dropped back-to-back games with Hardin County and Marion.
On Monday, March 20, the Patriots rebounded with a solid 4-1 win over Pinckneyville. Although collecting only five hits, Massac got a couple of big RBI from Drew Jacobs and a solid, five-inning pitching performance from Luke Maurer and a couple of clean relief innings from Preston Summers.
The Patriots were slated to play Tuesday, March 21, in Paducah against St. Mary, but with some iffy weather looming, there was no word at press time about that game.
Massac takes to the road next and for a long while. The next scheduled game is today, Thursday, March 23 at Harrisburg against Pleasant Plains, followed by road games through April 3.
The Lady Patriots softball team opened its home slate on Monday, March 20, with a tough 8-3 loss to Carterville.
The Lady Lions got a mammoth lead-off home run from their “All-World” third baseman Amayah Doyle and proceeded to post an 8-3 win. The homer was followed by a couple of walks and a couple of miscues by the Lady Patriots, and after a half inning, the Lady Lions led 5-0.
Massac battled back with three of their own in the bottom of the first and from there on, it was a tight competitive game. Carterville tacked on three more runs for the 8-3 final.
Massac’s biggest problem was lack of offense as they managed only a pair of hits and were tagged with 11 strikeouts.
The Lady Patriots are scheduled to play Carlisle County on Saturday, March 25.
Massac County’s young Lady Patriots soccer team kicked things off in the usual manner with a road trip, actually two of them, to Benton, Missouri, to play in Kelly High’s two-day tournament.
Playing on Friday and Saturday, March 17-18, the Lady Patriots scratched out a tie for second place in the tournament with a 2-1 win over Kelly. In the win, Claire Seitz and Victoria Swafford each scored.
A 0-0 tie with Fredericktown, Missouri, and a 1-0 loss to DeSoto were evidence of the team’s tenacity. And maybe a testament to the way below average temperatures and some very gusty winds.
With that solid showing under their belt, the Lady Patriots hosted a powerful Marion team on Monday, March 20, and were on the short end of an 8-0 score.
Century and Joppa got their baseball and softball seasons off the ground as Joppa traveled to Ullin on Wednesday, March 15.
Century rolled to an 11-1 win. The Lady Centurions also racked up a win as they shut out the Lady Rangers 17-0.
The Lady Centurions took on a SIRR Ohio division team next as they battled the Rangerettes at Benton on Monday, March 20. The Lady Centurions came out on the short end of a 4-3 score. Jaylee VanMeter was the big gun for Century going 2 for 3, with a double and an RBI.
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