The rough patch continued last week for the MCHS baseball team and may in fact have gotten a little rougher.
The boys dropped a 10-2 decision to the Harrisburg Bulldogs and more importantly lost the services of junior catcher Zach Travis when he suffered a "high grade" ankle sprain on a slide. Travis is expected to be shelved for 3-4 weeks.
Aside from the crippling loss of Travis, all things considered, the 10-2 loss at Harrisburg wasn't as lop-sided as it looks. The boys rapped out nine hits, including a two run homer in the first inning by Jase Mizell, to Harrisburg's 10 hits. The difference was in base runners.
Massac starter Mizell allowed seven bases on balls and plunked a couple of other Bulldogs and the defense behind him committed four errors. Harrisburg was error-free and handed out only a couple of free passes. Travis and Ethan Parks both had three hit days for Massac.
At Herrin, Massac struck first with a run in the top of the second but the Tigers roared back with an eight spot in the bottom of the frame.
Starter Noah Matesevac was plagued by wildness hitting three batters, two in the fateful second inning. The free passes, along with a couple of deep balls to the outfield, combined to do the Patriots in in the bottom of the second.
Massac pushed across a single run in the top of the fifth but Herrin countered that with two more runs in the bottom of the sixth off of reliever Logan Korte, which ended the game on the 10 run rule.
Massac managed just two hits off Herrin pitching, one by Brandon Burnett, who got his first start behind the plate, and one by Parks. Both were singles and both drove in runs.