Lady Mustangs drop tight contest

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The Madisonville softball team lost their two-game winning streak in district with a couple of tight losses to Fairfield and Athens this week.

“We battled extremely hard in both of these games and were almost able to come back and win,” said Madisonville softball coach Ashley Renner. “We made too many mistakes on the field and it would ultimately cost us. If we cut down on those errors, we win one or both of these matchups.”

Madisonville’s Emilie Blakley drilled a two-run homerun for the only pair of runs the Lady Mustangs would score on the Eagles. Despite just two runs, every starter in the Madisonville lineup recorded a hit except for two. Fairfield pitching was able to scatter the eight Mustang knocks and pick up the close victory.

Ironically, Madisonville would record less hits during Friday’s home loss to Athens but score six more runs in the process. Blakley was responsible for the majority of the offense for the second straight contest with a grand slam and four runs driven in. Kacelyn Jarrell, Sidnie Smith, Taylor Thompson and Grace Williamson each added an RBI of their own, but the Mustangs were three runs short.

The Lady Mustangs will now compete in two more district games before the beginning of the postseason.

“I feel good about our team going into both games this week with our sticks and confidence,” said Renner. “These girls are working extremely hard and I feel very confident approaching the playoffs.”

The Lady Mustangs battled Mexia on the road last night and will conclude the regular season with their senior night against Palestine on Friday in Madisonville at 7 p.m. The team defeated both Mexia and Palestine in their first matchups earlier this season.

Before the start of the postseason, the Madisonville softball team will compete in a warmup game to prepare.

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