Baseball prepares for district

Posted 3/19/19

The Madisonville baseball team struggled to find runs this week and dropped a pair of non-district matchups to Caldwell on the road and Lufkin-Hudson at MHS by scores of 6-0 and 2-0, respectively.

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Baseball prepares for district

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The Madisonville baseball team struggled to find runs this week and dropped a pair of non-district matchups to Caldwell on the road and Lufkin-Hudson at MHS by scores of 6-0 and 2-0, respectively.

“We just could not get it going with the bats this week,” said Coach Adam Borgfeld. “Hopefully we can get them going tonight and into Friday when it really matters.”

Madisonville entered Tuesday’s final non-district matchup against Bellville with a record of 7-6-1 on the season. The Mustangs recorded five hits in Thursday’s 6-0 loss at Caldwell, but they could never find the big one to drive home a run down the stretch.

“I think we really came out flat and did not perform the way we have been performing,” said Borgfeld. “(Brandon Larson) pitched well on the bump but it was not his best outing. I was really please with Gage Smith’s performance in relief for us, he kept things manageable.”

Larson surrendered six runs and six hits in two innings of work in Caldwell. Smith logged the final four innings and did not allow any runs. The Mustangs managed to get at least two baserunners in two innings, including a bases loaded opportunity with one out in the top of the fifth. Jordan Baker led the way for Madisonville with a pair of hits in the contest.

In Friday’s home loss to Lufkin-Hudson, a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning told the tale in the 2-0 loss. The Hornets brought home the critical runs with a bunt single and a groundout off of starting pitcher Brad Rudis.

“(Rudis) hit his spots and we played some good defense behind him,” said Borgfeld. “They just had a couple of key hits at the right time. It was a great game and pitching for both sides was really good. We had some opportunities but did not cash in when we should have. We did not come through with situational hits like we have in the past.”

Rudis surrendered four hits and a pair of runs through six innings of work. He was relieved by Dylan Stanley, who delivered a scoreless top of the seventh.

Rudis and Larson recorded both of Madisonville’s hits in the contest. They did not have a runner reach scoring position until the bottom of the seventh inning.

Despite a pair of tough losses, the Mustangs are in a confident place as they prepare to begin their district slate on Friday night in Fairfield. Borgfeld believes that his team experienced one of the tougher preseason slates in the district along with Rusk.

“The only way you get better is by playing good teams,” said Borgfeld. “You can play average teams and look pretty good, but it does not expose your weaknesses or where you need to improve. Playing good, all-around teams can make you work on things before you get to those games that matter. Our non-district schedule is one of the toughest in our district and I think that will help us in the long run in all aspects.”

Madisonville will travel to Rusk after their district opener in Fairfield. They will return to MHS to host Mexia on March 26 at 7 p.m.

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