Baseball starts district strong

Posted 3/26/19

The Madisonville Mustangs baseball team bounced back from a pair of losses to conclude their preseason slate with a 13-3 road victory over Fairfield in their district opener on Friday night.

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Baseball starts district strong

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The Madisonville Mustangs baseball team bounced back from a pair of losses to conclude their preseason slate with a 13-3 road victory over Fairfield in their district opener on Friday night.

“It was great to see us score some runs,” said Madisonville Coach Adam Borgfeld on the victory. “Our bats came alive and (Brad Rudis) did a great job on the mound. It is always good to take care of business against the teams that you are supposed to beat. We got them early by run rule, which is nice because it saves pitching and lowers the chance of injury.”

The Mustangs got off to a fast start with five runs in the top of the first inning. In a collective effort, 10 members of the Madisonville team recorded an RBI in the contest.

“I thought our lack of energy was an issue coming out of the Bellville game,” said Borgfeld. “We just did not seem to have a lot of hustle in us at the time. We worked on that during spring break and we worked on energy. I think the kids are buying into that. They had that energy in Fairfield from the first pitch to the last.”

Brandon Larson kicked off the 13-run performance for the Mustangs in the bottom of the first with a double to score Rudis. Colby Sheppard, Cody Borgfeld and Jordan Baker also collected RBIs in the inning to give Rudis a commanding lead to work with on the bump.

The Mustangs padded their lead in the top of the third and fourth innings with the help of an RBI-single from Dylan Stanley and an RBI-triple off the bat of Danny Young. Madisonville ensured a quick, six-inning contest with three runs via the walk in the top of the six to extend their lead to 13-3.

Fairfield was able to scrape three runs across the plate down the stretch, but all were officially ruled unearned to starting pitcher Brad Rudis. Rudis tossed all six innings for the Mustangs and struck out 10 Fairfield hitters on his way to victory.

Borgfeld described one of the errors committed in the field as a simple hustle play on a slow ground ball. They also bobbled a ball in the outfield to award the Eagles an extra base, which ultimately resulted in a run.

“When you play on turf all day at practice and then go play on grass, it is a little different,” said Borgfeld. “The ball will take different hops than you are used to. Some of those things are out of your control, so I was not too concerned with that. I thought we played pretty well defensively for the most part.”

The Mustangs also got off to a hot start in their non-district finale against Bellville last Tuesday at MHS with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. But Bellville responded with two of their own in the top of the second and stifled Madisonville’s bats for the remainder of the game. Bellville would go on to win by a score of 7-2.

The Mustangs traveled to Rusk on Tuesday for their second district matchup against a team Borgfeld has pegged as one of the league’s best. Brandon Larson got the nod for Madisonville on the mound.

“We will have to scratch runs across and do the little things right,” said Borgfeld before the game in Rusk. “They are a well-coached team and they will be well-prepared for everything. It will come down to who makes the fewest mistakes and who can hit the ball at the right time.”

The Mustangs will return to MHS on Friday for their first home district game of the season. They will take on the Mexia Black Cats at 7 p.m.

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