The Madisonville Lady Mustangs softball team improved to 10-11-1 overall and 2-4 in district play on Friday at MHS with a thrilling 6-5 victory over the Rusk Lady Eagles.
After Rusk trimmed the deficit to one and had the potential tying run standing on second base, Madisonville pitcher Emilie Blakley retired three batters and overcame an error to guide the Mustangs to victory.
Blakley also drove home three runs at the plate as the Mustangs scattered six runs across six at-bats. Sidnie Smith struck first to leadoff the game for Madisonville with a homerun over the right field wall.
Mistakes plagued the Lady Mustangs defensively on Friday and ultimately allowed Rusk to score four runs in the top of the third. Apart from their rally in the top of the seventh, these were the only runs they would score all night. Of the five runs allowed by Blakley, only one was earned.
Madisonville retaliated in the bottom of the third with a two-spot. A Blakley single brought home Averie Sims before a double off the bat of Emily Alvarado cut the Rusk advantage to one run.
Blakley delivered a key knock again in the bottom of the fifth to put Madisonville up for good. Her double and third hit of the night would bring home Sims and Maegan Anderson to give the Lady Mustangs a 5-4 lead. Kendall Creighton would also cross home plate after a passed ball for what would prove to be a critical insurance run in the bottom of the sixth.
It was a momentous and much-needed win for the Lady Mustangs in district with two games remaining on the schedule. It was also an impressive second performance against Rusk after they fell 12-0 to the Lady Eagles on the road on March 26. In the loss, the Lady Mustangs managed just one hit in five innings of play.
Last Tuesday, Madisonville surrendered seven runs in the top of the first inning to Fairfield and could never overcome it in a 16-8 loss at MHS.
Outside of the first inning, it was a 9-8 contest in favor of the Lady Eagles and the Madisonville offense was certainly in competitive form. They logged 14 hits against Fairfield pitching and seven different players recorded RBIs. Blakley picked up a pair of hits, including a homerun, and two RBIs.
Alvarado led the team in hits with two doubles and a triple and also drove home a run. Anderson and Creighton also each picked up a double and an RBI.
The Lady Mustangs committed six errors in the field, but it was a barrage of Fairfield singles in the top of the first inning that fueled the early advantage. They knocked seven singles in the inning to go along with a pair of walks and would record 17 total hits when the game was over.
Madisonville finishes the season 0-2 against Fairfield after last Tuesday’s game along with a 15-5 loss to the Lady Eagles on March 22.
The Lady Mustangs battled Mexia on the road on Tuesday in search of their third win in district play. They will host Palestine at MHS on Friday for their regular season finale and Senior Night.