The Madisonville Lady Mustangs softball team exploded for 20 hits in Palestine last Tuesday to pick up their first district win of the season by a score of 18-6 over the Lady Wildcats.
Madisonville, who entered the matchup with a record of 0-3 in district play, appeared to be in for a tight contest as the innings went by in Palestine. But the Lady Mustangs instead scored six runs in each of the top of the sixth and seventh innings to runaway with a blowout victory.
The rally in the sixth inning was fueled by singles from Brianna Abad, Maegan Anderson, Averie Sims and Emilie Blakley to take advantage of Palestine’s defensive miscues and build a 12-5 advantage.
Palestine got one run back in the bottom of the sixth, but Madisonville buried them for good with an encore performance in the seventh.
Only this time, the Lady Mustangs showcased their power to drive home runs in their final at-bat. After Sidnie Smith brought home Abad with an RBI-double and scored herself on a grounder from Anderson, Blakley busted the game wide open with a homerun to centerfield to bring home Anderson and Grace Williamson.
In the very next at-bat, Emily Alvarado followed up Blakley’s shot with a homerun of her own to centerfield to put a cherry on top of Madisonville’s offensive outburst in the later innings.
Entering the top of the sixth, the Lady Mustangs were holding onto a slim 6-5 lead in a back-and-forth contest between two teams vying for a district win. Blakley recorded four innings on the mound for Madisonville, surrendering five runs (one earned) and striking out seven. Smith toed the rubber the rest of the way and allowed one run on two hits.
Four members of the Madisonville roster recorded at least two RBIs in the performance. Blakley led the way with six, including her back-breaking three-run shot, while Sims brought home three and Smith and Anderson a pair each.
The Lady Mustangs concluded their first stint of district play with the victory. Their record currently stands at 1-3, but three of their first four contests in district came away from MHS. They will host three of their last four regular season contests to conclude the season.
Madisonville hosted Fairfield at MHS on Tuesday and will host Rusk on Friday at 6:30 p.m.