The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Prep Baseball: Younger & The Restless

  • Bulldog senior ends drama by sending Bulldogs home with walk off
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  • If there was a time when Justin Younger might want to play the lottery, now would be as good as any.
    With Kreskin-like predicability, Younger calmly walked into Harrisburg's dugout in the bottom of the seventh, with his team trailing by a run and promised that if he got up, he would deliever the game winner.
    Brady Mayer and Matthew Phipps gave Younger that chance.
    Younger smacked a walk off single off Massac County starter Josh Wetzel as the Bulldogs rallied late to avenge an earlier season loss to the Patriots, beating them 2-1 at Dorris Heights Monday.
    The rally didn't overshadow the pitching performance by Cody Hall, who registered a no-hitter Monday, striking out seven and was benefited by some dandy defensive work from his teammates.
    In the fourth inning, Younger made a great diving catch to rob Zach Stewart of extra bases, Noah Vallette caught Wetzel's fly out in right field and shot a bullet home to Mayer to get Brady Austin trying to tag from third base in the fifth inning and Ryne Roper made a back handed diving stop in the sixth to help out the cause.
    Massac County got on the board in the first inning, thanks to a pair of errors and a walk to the Patriots first three batters. Dalton Mitchell grounded out to Cooper Thompson at first base, scoring Wetzel.
    Hall then retired the next 12 batters before giving up a walk in the top of the fifth inning, but on the day, the Patriots left three runners on base.
    "Cody was just awesome today," head coach Jay Thompson said. "He was so much better this time out than his last time. He had great control and was in complete command of his pitches.
    "We should not have given up a run in the first inning, we came out asleep and they scored a quick run on us and other than that, nothing. They got got absolutely nothing."
    Things were a little harder to swallow as Thompson's ballclub left 10 on base on the day.
    Hall helped himself out in the fifth, taking first base on a lead off walk, which followed a groundout by Cooper Thompson, moving Hall to second.
    Mayer was then hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second, allowing Phipps to rifle a shot in the left center, scoring Hall.
    Wetzel picked up the loss, moving to 3-2 this year on the mound. The senior right hander gave up two runs on seven hits, while walking two and striking out one.
    Harrisburg is scheduled to play today (Tuesday) at 4:30 p.m. in Herrin, followed by a home game Friday against West Frankfort. The Bulldogs close out the home campaign this week, hosting Du Quoin Saturday at 11 a.m.
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