MURPHYSBORO — Jase Mizell swatted a pair of two-run homers to support a combined two-hitter by Noah Matesevac and Jacob Brown in Massac County’s 4-0 win over Murphysboro in SIRR Ohio action.
Murphysboro starter Dylan Eaton seemed to be breezing along in the third when he walked Brown with one out. Four pitches later, Mizell’s long fly ball disappeared over the left field fence for a 2-0 Patriots’ lead.
“I kind of hit it off the end of the bat,” Mizell said. “The wind was kind of carrying to left and took it the rest of the way. It was fun.”
The scenario was virtually repeated in the fifth inning. This time, Brown drew a lead-off walk before Mizell sent a laser over the wall in left-center.
“I had an idea (it was gone),” he said. “I was just trying to put a good swing on the ball and square one up and good things happen. It was something. It was really fun. Right before my at bat, Jacob Brown had good at bats. He worked pitches and got on base for me. He got the pitcher rattled a little bit and he made a mistake.”
“Jase has been in a little bit of a funk lately,” said Massac County coach Pat Clark. “But, our team has. We look to a guy like that to step up for us. I told him he just has to stay within himself. He’s too good, and too talented to overswing and then get into his own head.
“Today, I think he had a pretty good approach – see fastball and put a pretty good swing on it.”
In the meantime, Matesevac struggled with his control, he walked five and hit four batters, but the Red Devils were never able to barrel him up. Murphysboro didn’t get a hit until Kenny Peterin’s one-out single in the fifth.
Murphysboro’s only other hit was a sixth inning flare by Trenton Shepard that dropped into centerfield.
“We needed a good outing on the mound and Matesevac, he’s kind of been on and off his last couple starts,” said Clark. “He looked really good at Marion two weeks ago. He kind of had a rough go at it last week at Marion. Today, when he gets to his spots, that’s the kind of pitcher we can expect from him.”
The Red Devils’ best scoring chance came in the seventh when Peterin and Devin Eovaldi were hit by pitches. Seth Daniels then reached base on a fielders’ choice. Clark argued the call, and was charged with a conference, forcing him to remove Matesevac from the game. Brown was brought in with the bases loaded and got Ethan Crabtree to ground into a game-ending 6-4-3 double play.
“Believe it or not, that’s the first traditional double play we’ve turned this year,” Clark said. “I told them it couldn’t have come at a bigger time.”
“We gave ourselves more than enough chances,” said Murphysboro coach Andrew Winters. “We couldn’t come up with a big hit and ran into some bad luck on the bases. That’s kind of how it goes when you get two hits.”