MadVille hosts softball tournament

Posted 2/25/20

The Madisonville softball team went 2-4 as hosts of the Lady Mustangs Softball Tournament at MHS over the weekend with wins over Onalaska and Tarkington and losses to Shepherd, Leon, Elkhart and New Waverly.

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MadVille hosts softball tournament

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The Madisonville softball team went 2-4 as hosts of the Lady Mustangs Softball Tournament at MHS over the weekend with wins over Onalaska and Tarkington and losses to Shepherd, Leon, Elkhart and New Waverly.

The team opened their regular season schedule with a 6-5 loss at Cameron Feb. 18 after participating in a number of preseason scrimmages.

“I have been seeing a lot of leadership and that’s nice to have,” said head coach Ashley Renner on her junior-heavy roster. “They are very encouraging, stepping up and being role models. They are being very versatile on the field and playing multiple positions.”

The Lady Mustangs dropped their first two matchups to open tournament play on a wet day Thursday with a 4-3 loss to Shepherd and 12-2 loss to Leon.

Madisonville fought back from an early 4-1 deficit against Shepherd with an RBI-double from Maegan Anderson in the bottom of the third to score Brynlee Urbantke. Brinna Sims would bring home Jenna Yeager the following inning to cut the deficit to one, but the game reached its allotted time mark (one hour and 15 minutes) before any more damage could be inflicted.

Sidnie Smith also scored for the Lady Mustangs on a throwing error after stealing second base in the first inning. Smith pitched all four frames for Madisonville and surrendered four runs, only one of which was earned.

Leon jumped out to an early 4-0 advantage in game two of Thursday’s slate before silencing the Lady Mustangs with an eight-spot in the top of the third. Martia Tyler drove home a pair of runs with a double in the bottom of the third before time ran out on the 12-2 contest.

Anderson spent the majority of the game on the mound before being relieved by Grayson Bennett. Only four of the 12 runs surrendered were charged to Madisonville pitching.

Madisonville’s defensive struggles continued into Friday’s first matchup against Elkhart. The team committed six fielding errors in the 13-2 loss. The Lady Elks posted a pair of runs in the first, six in the second and five in the third.

The Lady Mustangs retaliated in the bottom of the first inning with an RBI-double from Anderson and again in the bottom of the third with an RBI-groundout from Urbantke.

While 12 of Elkhart’s 13 runs came off starting pitcher Kyndall Creighton, only five were earned. Smith allowed no earned runs in relief.

Madisonville bounced back Friday with a 10-2 win over Onalaska. They took advantage of a number of errors committed by the defense in the bottom of the first to jump out to a 4-2 advantage. They scored at least two runs in all three of their plate appearances.

Smith shut down Onalaska from the mound after allowing a pair of unearned runs in the top half of the first. Anderson led the team with three RBIs.

The Lady Mustangs opened the last day of tournament play with a 12-7 victory over Tarkington thanks to a six-run outburst in the bottom of the third. Madisonville regained a slim 8-7 lead with three straight singles from Creighton, Riley Pittcock and Sims along with a Smith walk.

Urbantke then broke the game open with a three-RBI triple, giving the Lady Mustangs a commanding four-run lead as the matchup’s allotted time dwindled.

Grace Williamson also recorded three RBIs in the win, including a solo homerun in the bottom of the first and a two-RBI single to tie the game at six in the second.

Smith, Anderson and Sims also recorded RBIs in the win. Creighton pitched all three innings, allowing six earned runs on six hits.

The weekend concluded with a 9-5 loss to New Waverly Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs scored eight runs in their first two at-bats to build a commanding lead early.

Creighton struck first for Madisonville in the bottom of the second with a three-run homerun over the centerfield wall. Later in the inning, a two-RBI double from Smith would cut the deficit to three. New Waverly was able to keep them from crossing the plate in their final two at-bats to claim the victory.

The Lady Mustangs were scheduled to host Onalaska in a standalone matchup at MHS Tuesday before traveling to New Waverly March 3.

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