BY ROBERT BESKOW
Times Sports Editor
METROPOLIS - The CWC Bulldogs came out of the gate a little shaky and dropped their season opener 6-1 to Massac County on Wednesday.
The Bulldogs had a chance to take charge early, but left two runners on in the first inning and then ran themselves into a bizarre triple play in the second.
Massac County managed to score one run in the first three innings without a hit off CWC starter Easton Stewart.
The Bulldogs finally broke through in the fourth inning when Travis Black and Drew Huffer produced consecutive singles followed by an RBI groundout by Mitchell Nelson.
That turned out to be the only run of the game for the Bulldogs, who were not swinging aggressively or making good contact all game.
Massac County came back with three runs in their half of the fourth and added a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth to ice the victory.
About the only bright spot of the day for the Bulldogs was the defensive play of catcher Travis Black who threw out three baserunners in the game.
CWC Coach Justin Simmons was running a little hot after his post game talk with the team.
“We had a chance there in the early innings to probably take the lead with a couple of runs and settle in a bit, but we didn’t play well, run the bases well or hit well when we needed to. This is not how we expect to play. We’ll get it turned around and start playing better.”