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Prep Diamond Wrap-up

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - Updated: 10:09 AM
Galen Shelton
The rains eased enough for a few games to happen last week, and this week has started off sunny and mild.
Everyone is scrambling to catch up and get ready for regionals. The regional matchups have been set for Class A and AA.
In Class A, Joppa plays Monday, May 15 at Carrier Mills against Thompsonville with the winner of that game getting the C-M regional number one seed Crab Orchard on Wednesday, May 17.  
Century hosts a regional and entertains Egyptian on Wednesday, May 17 with the winner of that game facing, in all probability, the reigning Class A state champ Goreville on Saturday.
The Class AAA pairings was to be announced Wednesday, May 10.
On the girls’ side, Joppa travels to Golconda for regional action and meets up with Meridian on Monday, May 15 also. The winner of that game gets Hardin County on Tuesday. Century goes to Dongola for their regional play and meets Egyptian on Monday with the winner getting powerful Goreville on Tuesday.
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Baseball action saw Century get in a couple of games last week at Rent One Park in Marion.
In the first game the Centurions didn’t play their best and also ran into a buzz saw from Gallatin County. Audie Goebel shut down the Centurions 10-0. Christian Lance took the loss for Century. Andrew Hubbard collected a pair of knocks for Century.  
In a “triangular meet” of sorts: three five inning games involving Century, Gallatin and Pope County, Century got the best of Pope in the last game of the day by a 6-1 count.
In that game, Eli Williamson made his high school debut on the mound for Century and the big stage didn’t seem to faze the youngster as he held the Pirates to just two hits and one run in five innings. Levi Jones, Christian Lance and Justin Sauerbrunn provided most of the offense for Williamson and he made the most of it.
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Massac hosted Carterville Monday afternoon and couldn’t seem to shake off the after effects of the 11-3 Herrin drubbing last week.
J.T. Weber drove in Noah Farmer for a first inning 1-0 lead for Massac, but that was it for the good guys. Carterville struck for three runs in the fourth inning off Nate Wetzel and then added on two more for good measure in the seventh off Braden Tilley to complete the 6-1 win.
Weber, Farmer and Jordan Parmer all had two hits for Massac as the Pats outhit the Lions 8-7 but the hits didn’t translate to runs.
Massac County traveled to St. Mary Tuesday afternoon and the short trip south did the boys some good as they came home big winners in handing the Vikes a 14-3 loss. Details not available yet.
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Massac’s softballers got in three games Saturday at Benton and came up a winner in a wild 8-7 win over Hamilton County. The girls got shut out 11-0 by Chester and went down 8-4 versus Benton. The win over Hamilton County was a wild and wooly one as the lead changed hands six times with Massac coming from one run down in the seventh at 7-6, after Hamilton County struck for two runs in the top of the seventh, to plate two runs for a walkoff win.
In the win, Payton Pierce collected four hits as she, Bailey Duckworth and Addie Waldrop accounted for eight of Massac’s 10 hits. Ellie Weber threw a complete game for the win.
The 11-0 loss to Chester featured a dominating performance by Chester’s pitcher. Massac got one hit in the loss, and the Lady Yellow Jackets roughed up Mahailee Parker in the six inning loss.  
Benton was the final foe for Massac, and the Lady Rangers broke a 4-4 tie in the fifth inning with a three run outburst to take a 7-4 lead and then added on with a single tally in the sixth.
Weber took the complete game loss for Massac. Taylor Jenkins, Waldrop and Kara Womack had six of Massac’s eight hits.
The Lady Pats also traveled south to take on the McCracken County Lady Mustangs and things ended badly for the girls as McCracken handed the ladies a 17-2 loss. No details available.
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