After qualifying for the playoffs with a strong end to district play, the Madisonville Lady Mustangs softball team was eliminated from the postseason with losses to Hudson on Thursday and Friday.
The Lady Mustangs went without a hit in Thursday’s game one loss to the top-ranked Lady Hornets. Hudson used a big six-run bottom of the fourth inning to bury Madisonville and put the run-rule into play. The Lady Mustangs were unable to score the two runs needed in the top of the fifth to extend the game and found themselves down in the series with an 11-0 road loss.
Madisonville put a runner in scoring position in the top of the first after Sidnie Smith and Averie Sims were both hit by a pitch. However, Hudson’s Odette Lopez was able to strikeout Grace Williamson and Emilie Blakley to escape the early jam unscathed.
Williamson, Maegan Anderson and Martia Tyler would all reach base later in the game via the walk, but were stranded at first base. Hudson struck first off of starter Blakley with a pair of RBI-singles in the bottom of the second.
A leadoff error would ultimately extend the bottom of the third inning and allowed the Lady Hornets to come through with a two-out double and homerun to score three more. In the bottom of the fourth, Hudson took advantage of a handful of walks and another Madisonville error to put the game out of reach early.
On Friday, the series shifted to MHS for game two. The first half of the game was back-and-forth, but Hudson would once again use one big inning to put the game out of reach in a matter of minutes. This time, it was a seven-run top of the fourth that propelled the Lady Hornets to victory.
After Hudson took a 1-0 advantage in the top of the first, Sims connected with a pitch and drove it over the left field wall to bring home Maegan Anderson and herself in the bottom frame.
The Lady Hornets evened the score at two by taking advantage of an error with two down in the second inning. They would record five extra base hits in the fourth, including two homeruns of their own, to bury Madisonville.
By the time the Lady Hornets were finally retired, they suddenly held a 9-2 lead. The Lady Mustangs would remain quiet offensively until their final at-bat in the bottom of the seventh. Anderson drove home Tyler on an infield single before Smith came home on an error by the catcher.
The Lady Mustangs finish their season with an overall record of 11-15-1 and a district mark of 3-5. They began district play with three losses. Hudson advances to the Area Playoffs to face either Alvarado or China Springs.