The merry month of May hasn’t gotten off to a very good start for high school athletic programs as unsettled weather moved in on Monday and disrupted everyone’s outdoor plans.
Massac County High School baseball and softball were scrubbed Monday with Tuesday looking “iffy” as the boys were slated to play at Harrisburg, and, with their synthetic infield, that game was possible. Just about everything else was washed out.
The Patriots got in games last week against Carterville, Pope County and Paducah Tilghman going 1-2 against that trio.
At Carterville Tuesday, March 27, the boys suffered a late inning meltdown as Carterville pushed across seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, blowing open a 4-1 game and ending with a final 11-1 margin.
Massac’s bats were quiet in the loss, managing only a couple of hits with Will Hannah driving in the only run for the Pats. Luke Maurer had a double for Massac.
Pope County was up next for the Pats on Friday, and the Pirates were completely outmatched as Massac rolled to a 15-0 “short game” win.
Freshman Will Harmon collected two hits for Massac as did Connor Winnans. Winnans’ hits were both doubles. Freshmen Preston Summers and Lukas Hannah each scored two runs in the rout and Hannah and Drew Jacobs also crossed the plate twice. The freshman trio of Andy Girot, Harmon and Luke Maurer combined for the shutout, limiting Pope County to just three hits while striking out nine Pirates.
The boys crossed the river to take on the Blue Tornado of Paducah Tilghman at storied Brooks Stadium this past Saturday, and I’ve seen this movie before. Seems like the combination of Tilghman on the jerseys and the history and visuals of the field take a while for Massac to get used to.
This time was no different as Tilghman scored single runs in their first and second innings, put up a four spot in the third and owned a 6-0 lead before Massac collected its first hit. Massac dented the plate twice in the top of the fifth inning and appeared to be a lot steadier on their feet.
But Tilghman got two runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth and then polished off the win with five runs, including a bases loaded triple in the bottom of the sixth for the 13-2 win.
Zion LaGrone was the big bat for Tilghman, doing damage in every at bat.
Massac was slated to play at Harrisburg Tuesday afternoon, May 4, weather permitting.