The Madisonville baseball team collected a pair of wins in games two and three of the Bi-District playoff round against Jasper at MHS on Saturday, including an unfinished matchup from Thursday and an all-out slugfest.
The Mustangs finished off a game two victory they began in Jasper on Thursday after picking it up with one out in the top of the seventh with an 8-7 lead. Dylan Stanley was able to shut the door on any Bulldog comeback hopes to force a third game, which the Mustangs would win 14-10.
“I think by getting those two outs real quickly (in game two) was a morale booster,” said Coach Adam Borgfeld. “I told the boys that we could take care of business if we get to game three. Last week I said I could guarantee them five games: three playoff warmups and the first two playoff games, if you want to play game six you have too earn it.”
After Stanley held on in game two, he remained on the mound to start the rubber match, in which Madisonville acted as the visiting team despite the location. Stanley would remain locked in through three innings, allowing no runs and just one hit.
“We had a job to do and we came out and did it,” said Stanley. “We executed the plays that we needed to get the wins. Having a big early lead is definitely a good feeling when you are pitching and allow someone on.”
While Stanley cruised early, the Madisonville offense exploded for seven runs in the top of the third inning to take a commanding 10-0 lead. Kody Nye and Danny Young each hit two-run homeruns in the inning and Max Allen plated a pair of his own with a single. Nye and Allen both recorded three RBIs in the game to tie for the team lead.
“We were controlling this game and that inning was a big motivator for us,” said Nye. “When we all do our jobs, we can pull out big victories. When we all want the same thing, we kind of mold together.”
The Mustangs were on the verge of picking up the win via run-rule, but the Bulldogs fought back with six runs in the fourth and fifth innings. They would also hit a grand slam in the seventh, but insurance RBIs from Jordan Baker would help seal the 14-10 win.
Madisonville will now advance to the Areas to face Robinson, who eliminated the Mustangs last season. The two will begin their best-of-three series on Friday.