The Madisonville softball team surrendered nine runs in the bottom of the fourth inning at Franklin High School to drop their postseason matchup 12-1 to the Robinson Rockets in the Bi-District round.
“We showed incredible improvements as a team from the beginning of the season until the end of it,” said Madisonville softball coach Ashley Renner. “It was extremely vital for our freshmen to play in a postseason game for the experience.”
The matchup appeared even early on and was scoreless until the Rockets posted a run in the bottom of the third inning. After the Mustangs tied things up in the top of the fourth, Robinson exploded in the bottom half with nine runs to take a commanding lead and never looked back. They would add two more in the fifth to ensure the mercy-rule victory.
The Rockets were able to take advantage of Madisonville mistakes and post 12 total runs on the night despite just seven hits as a team. Robinson would record two doubles in the win, but no triples or long balls.
The Lady Mustangs were never able to find an offensive rhythm to avoid the mercy-rule loss. Madisonville recorded just three hits in five innings off of Robinson pitcher Emilie Hoelscher, who struck out eight Mustangs and allowed no free passes.
The loss marks the end of the line for seniors Kacelyn Jarrell and Kandace Smith. However, the young squad will welcome back the majority of its members next season as ‘Team 25’ takes the field in 2019.
“(Jarrell and Smith) were both excellent players who meant a lot to us and helped pave the way for future teams,” said Renner. “They taught their teammates to work hard daily and to play as a group. I’m extremely proud of the entire team for their efforts this season.”
The Robinson Rockets will advance to the Area round to battle Caldwell on Saturday.