Massac County traveled across the river twice recently to take on Paducah Tilghman and St. Mary.
Tilghman, at least the trip to Brooks Stadium, is always a treat for the players and the fans as the venerable ball yard is really a showpiece nowadays.
I remember one cold spring [a long, long time ago] before the renovations, when we Trojan benchwarmers actually built a fire in the dugout with scrap lumber that was probably bleacher material that had been vandalized. But no more.
This year the Blue Tornado proved to be less than perfect hosts though as they took a hard fought 11-6 victory over Massac.
Noah Matesevac, Jase Mizell and Zach Travis were all the offense the boys could muster as they accounted for all five of Massac's hits and five of its six runs. Matesevac went yard for the Pats. The trio of Mizell, Jacob Brown and Brandon Burnett threw for Massac surrendering a total of 14 hits, with 8 of them being the extra base variety.
St. Mary was Monday's opponent and the Vikings hung a four spot on Matesevac in the bottom of the second inning after the Patriots scored one in the top of the second.
Massac began the process of chippin' away in the third and put up single runs in every inning until things were tied up at four all in the fifth.
The Vikings tacked on another run in the bottom of the fifth for a 5-4 lead but then the wheels came off for St. Mary. Zach Travis, who homered for Massac's first run, got things going in the top of the sixth with one out when he drew a walk.
Matesevac lofted a fly to deep center that fell in for a double. Mizell popped out to second but then Ethan 'Big E' Parks cranked a three run homer to left center and the Pats had come all the way back.
Jacob Brown then coaxed a walk in front of Logan Korte who promptly drove one deep into right center for a double and the Pats held an 8-5 lead. Korte, who had relieved Matesevac in the sixth retired six of the eight batters he faced with no damage.
Cobden was Tuesday's opponent and Parks was again prominent in the outcome. Massac got one run in the first and Parks made it stand up for a 3-0 win. Parks wasn't alone in the fine effort though as he was the beneficiary of some outstanding glove work by the Pats. Parks deserved the accolades, though, as he threw the five hit, no walks shutout.
The Pats go to A-J Thursday.