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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Prep Baseball: Eagles cliped in close contest by Johnston City

  • Walk-off homer does in Bulldogs on the road; Carrier Mills-Stonefort falls at Pope Co.
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  • Despite just three hits on the day, the Eldorado baseball team gave Johnston City all they could handle as the Eagles fell 3-1 Tuesday afternoon at the Eldorado Sports Complex.
    Brennan Unthank, Devin Aldridge and Tyler Deaton all had a hit and Aldridge's RBI in the first inning, scoring Jordan Pilkington knotted the score at 1-all.
    Johnston City would later tack on two runs in the sixth inning to rally for the win.
    Brennan Unthank suffered the loss on the mound, going the distance and striking out one, while giving up two earned runs.
    "We played really well. We played hard," said head coach Richard Ozment. "Both teams pitched well and it really was a 1-1 ballgame the entire time, until the sixth.
    "Brennan pitched well, but just gave up a couple of costly hits there in the sixth inning," Ozment added. "It was a respectable performance and our guys came out prepared and competed. When we do that we give ourselves a chance to win."
    Eldorado is now 2-9 on the season and is slated to host Marion today at 4:30 p.m.
    Massac County 5, Harrisburg 2
    METROPOLIS- A three-run homer from Massac County first baseman Jacob Cox in the bottom of the seventh inning sent the Patriots home winners in a 5-2 victory over Harrisburg Tuesday afternoon.
    Cox left no doubt when he blasted the game-winning hit out to left off of Harrisburg’s Cody Hall with one out in the bottom of the seventh.
    The loss is just the fourth setback in conference play for the baseball Bulldogs in their past 61 SIRR Ohio division games.  It’s also the first time Massac County has beaten Harrisburg in baseball since 2000.
    Massac (7-2, 2-0 SIRR Ohio) had earlier chances to put the game away but left the sacks full in both the third and sixth innings.
    Harrisburg senior Justin Younger got the start and was tagged with an unearned run in four innings of work. Younger struck out four and walked just two.
    Lefty Blake Buchanan came in to pitch a seamless fifth inning for HHS before he was lifted for a pinch hitter in the top of the sixth.
    The Bulldogs also used sophomore right hander Matthew Phipps for part of the sixth inning before Hall came on.
    The senior righty allowed a run-scoring double to Massac County catcher Zach Stewart in the sixth to tie the game, but then stopped the bleeding as he worked out of a bases loaded situation with just one out.
    Harrisburg (8-2, 1-1 SIRR Ohio) got two-out hit from shortstop Ryne Roper in the top of the seventh, but after stealing second, Roper was left stranded when Hall flew out to center to end the threat.
    Page 2 of 2 - Roper finished with two hits while Harrisburg catcher Brady Mayer added two singles and a RBI. Mayer’s run-scoring single in the top of the fourth tied the game at 1-1.
    Harrisburg then jumped in front for the first time when Younger scored after Mayer reached in the sixth inning thanks to a ball being misplayed in right field.
    Sophomore first baseman Cooper Thompson finished with three hits for the Bulldogs.
    Harrisburg is scheduled to host Herrin Thursday at 4:30. The Bulldogs then are set to play Friday afternoon against Urbana and Saturday afternoon opposite Chillicothe IVC. Both of those weekend games are in Springfield.
    Pope County 7, Carrier Mills-Stonefort 0
    GOLCONDA - Austin Ferrell went the distance for Pope County, allowing four hits as the Pirates blanked Carrier Mills-Stonefort 7-0 in Greater Egyptian Conference action Tuesday.
    The Wildcats are now 1-5 on the season and 1-2 in the GEC.
    Dalton Summers picked up the loss for Carrier Mills-Stonefort, going 3 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on six hits, while striking out five and walking two.
    Loren Whiting came on in relief, going 2 2/3 innings, striking out three and walking two, while allowing one run on two hits.
    Pope County struck first, getting a run in the bottom half of the first inning and went on to tack on three runs in the third and fourth inning.
    Carrier Mills is slated to play host to Crab Orchard on Thursday, starting at 4:30 p.m.

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