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Prep diamond wrap-up

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - Updated: 8:46 AM
Galen Shelton
Two days into a new week and the weather has been great so far . . . Massac County has played both days as has Century, and Joppa had a scheduling snafu Tuesday or they would have seen action as well.

Massac Baseball
 The Pats took Murphysboro apart 10-2 Tuesday afternoon in workmanlike fashion scoring seven runs in the first four innings and adding a three spot in the seventh.
Nate Wetzel and Noah Matesevac combined to limit Murphy to just five hits while the Pats ripped 13 safeties. Noah Farmer had two hits for Massac and Monday’s heroes Wetzel and Logan Forthman continued their hot streak with a pair of hits for “Wetz” and three knocks for Forthman.  
J.T. Weber was the platesetter for Wetzel and Forthman scoring three runs.  
With that win, the Pats climbed back over .500 at 9-8.
Monday’s 6-5 walk-off thriller against West Frankfort salved over a lot of frustration at the way things have been going — losing and not getting to play.
Trailing 5-1 in the bottom of the seventh, the Pats rallied back with the top of their lineup setting the stage for Wetzel’s game tying two run hit and with Weber standing 90 feet away on third, Forthman was given the ultimate chance to redeem a slight miscue in right field earlier.
Forthman ripped a hard grounder through the hole at short and Weber walked in.
Cole Patterson and Braden Tilley were the pitchers for Massac with Tilley getting the win with a nice last couple of innings. Zach Travis, who inherited the catching duties after Wentworth’s injury, led Massac with three hits with fellow freshman Jase Mizell also recording two knocks and an RBI.


Massac Softball
Massac County’s Lady Pats handed West Frankfort’s Lady Redbirds a ‘TKO’ Monday afternoon sending 14 batters to the plate and scoring 10 times in their first at bat.
Ellie Weber was the benefactor of all the offense getting the win for Massac with some relief help from “Jo Jo” Parker.  
Offense was plentiful for Massac but one of the bigger hits of the day was a booming two run double off the center field fence early in Massac’s first inning onslaught by catcher Bailey Duckworth.  
West Frankfort made it interesting putting up nine runs of their own but it wasn’t enough as Massac prevailed 15-9.  
The ladies bounced Murphy Tuesday afternoon by a 6-3 count at Murphysboro. No details available at this time.

Century Baseball
The Centurions played Monday and Tuesday getting two more wins in the process.
Tuesday saw Cairo’s Pilots come to Bob Murley field and the thing that stood out in Century’s five inning win was the lack of tension on the field.
When teams are so unevenly matched, sometimes tempers flare and feelings are hurt. Such wasn’t the case as Cairo was afforded the chance to play at their level and actually receive instruction/encouragement from the opposing coaches and players and even the umpires.
If only life were so decent.
Monday saw the Centurions visit Egyptian for a rematch with the Pharaohs and once again the young Egyptian team couldn’t quite match up.
Century piled up seven runs in their first two at bats and capped things off with six more in the sixth inning for a 13-2 win.
They improved to 5-0 in conference play and 8-2 overall. Christian Lance and Clayton Spaulding pitched for Century and allowed only four hits and one walk. Colin Ryan and Levi Jones led the way for the Centurions with four hits each.
Ryan also drove in a pair. Hubbard continued his torrid hitting for Century with a pair of knocks and 3 RBI. Justin Sauerbrunn went two for four and Kelton Richardson and Spaulding each drove in a run with a base hit.

Century Softball
The Lady Centurions took on Dongola’s Lady Demons Tuesday and the visitors went away with a hard fought 12-7 win.
Century took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the third but couldn’t hold it as Dongola stormed back for the five run win.
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