Madisonville baseball's year in review


The Madisonville Mustangs baseball team finished the 2019 season with an overall record of 17-14-1, 6-2 in district play, and an exit in the Area Playoffs with a series loss to the Robinson Rockets in Cameron.

“I thought it was a great season,” said Coach Adam Borgfeld. “The kids played hard and we battled through some injuries early on. We were coming off of a really good season last year and the expectations are always high here. I was very pleased with the effort from the players this year.”

This was Borgfeld’s first season at the helm for the Mustangs after he took over the position for Keith Sitton in December. The 2018 squad marked the end of the road for a number of Madisonville’s team leaders and top contributors including Matt Rudis, Zach Poe, Bryce Bennett, Sam Bennett, Ben Phillips and Will Hudson.

That season set the tone for new senior leaders as the Mustangs enjoyed a perfect record in district play and a trip to the Regional Quarterfinals. They would ultimately fall to Robinson in Cameron, just like they did this year.

But not everyone was sure exactly what to expect in 2019 after all of the major adjustments that would be made to the roster and staff. To make matters more difficult, the Mustangs lost senior leader and catcher Jake Risinger for the year with an injury early in the season. Freshman Cody Borgfeld would step into the open spot for Madisonville in 2019. He would go on to be named the district’s Catcher of the Year.

But the Mustangs stayed true to their identity and were able to be successful throughout the year with strong pitching performances from names like Brandon Larson, who led the team in earned run average, Max Allen and Brad Rudis. The team’s overall ERA for the season was kept under three. Rudis earned Pitcher of the Year honors for the district.

On the offensive side, Madisonville’s Colby Sheppard led the team with a batting average of .362 and was the district’s Offensive MVP. He was also tied for second in RBIs with Kody Nye with 21 behind Larson’s 23. Danny Young was also in the mix with 20 recorded runs driven in.

As a whole, the Mustangs hit .284 on the season and drove in 149 runs.

Brandon Larson was one of four pitchers to be selected to the First Team All-Pitcher category. Max Allen was selected to the same team for his efforts at second base while Danny Young and Dylan Standley were named First Team outfielders and Jordan Baker for utility man. Kody Nye was selected to the district’s Second Team as a first baseman.

A number of Mustangs were also honored for their work in the classroom as well as on the diamond. Allen was a First Team Academic All-State recipient and Baker was selected to the Second Team. Brandon Larson, Jake Risinger and Cameron Carroll were all Honorable Mentions.

Earning academic all-district honors for the Mustangs are Asa Surface, Brad Rudis, Colby Sheppard, Brandon Larson, Max Allen, Jordan Baker, Kody Nye, Cameron Carroll, Jake Risinger and Dylan Stanley.