Guthrie slides in safe

JOSEPH "PEE WEE" PETTY/The Mayfield Messenger

Mayfield's Connor Guthrie gets in safely to beat the tag in Thursday's game at Massac County, Illinois.

METROPOLIS – Darkness, a tie game and a spectacular final out grab by Kent Trey Matthews capped Thursday’s game between Mayfield and Massac County, Illinois.

The Patriots scored twice in the bottom of the third inning. In the fourth, Connor Guthrie doubled and Colin Price did likewise for the RBI to cut Massac’s lead in half.

An inning later, Colby Kennemore’s since scored Alonzo Daniel from second base. After a walk to Guthrie and single by Price, Ethan Couch singled to centerfield and scored Kennemore and Guthrie for the 4-2 lead.

Massac County knotted the game up in the seventh to extend play to the eighth inning. Mayfield left two men on base in the top of the frame, then faced a two-out, bases loaded situation in the bottom half.

Patriot J.J. Sweatt gapped his hit, but outfielder Kent Trey Matthews – who had been playing near the foul line – tracked it down and made the catch to avoid the walk-off hit.

With no lights at Massac’s field, officials called the game due to darkness.

Price finished 3-for-4 to lead the Cardinals’ bats.

Next Up – Mayfield (10-20-1) face Paducah Tilghman today at 5 p.m. in Paducah.