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Patriot baseball drops last two games

Thursday, April 06, 2017 - Updated: 10:52 AM
Galen Shelton
Massac County’s Patriot baseball team dropped a tough one to Murphysboro at home on Monday in a weather-altered 2-1 affair and then dropped an 8-5 decision at Harrisburg on Tuesday.
At home Monday, Noah Farmer was a little shaky in the first inning giving up a pair of runs to the ‘Devils but settled in to turn in a dominating performance before being lifted for Jase Mizell.
Murphys’ Graeff brothers, Connor and Brandan, did all the damage for Murphy as Connor knocked in both runs for Murphy and Brandan doubled twice and pitched six strong innings in the win.
Nate Wetzel and J.T. Weber each doubled for Massac with Wetzel driving in the Pats’ lone run.
The game actually never reached a seven inning conclusion and a lot happened in the seventh as the ‘Devils tacked on three more runs in the top of the seventh, and Massac put up two runs of their own and had runners on base with two outs when the umps put the brakes on.
With a steady rain coming down and the field getting slick, the game was called with the score reverting back to the last completed inning. Hence the 2-1 final.
Harrisburg was up next and the ‘Dogs jumped Patriot starter Wetzel for five big runs in the first and held on for the 8-5 win. Wetzel, Braden Tilley, Ethan Parks and Noah Matesevac all pitched for Massac.
Jordan Gould went six innings for Harrisburg and Christian Williams surrendered the last two Massac tallies in the seventh.
Farmer had three hits and three RBI for Massac and Logan Forthman went 2 for 3 in the loss.
Last Wednesday, the Pats “hosted” the Seneca Fightin’ Irish at Goreville and beat up on the “Fightins” 8-3.  
Wetzel, Tilley, Matesevac and Zach Travis all threw for Massac with Wetzel and Tilley combining for six shutout innings. Wetzel, Weber and Forthman all had multi-hit games with Wetzel, Weber and Mizell driving in two runs apiece.

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