Mustangs conclude district play

Posted 4/23/19

The Madisonville Mustangs baseball team concluded their district slate with a record of 5-2 and a loss to Palestine in Thursday’s senior night matchup at MHS.

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Mustangs conclude district play

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The Madisonville Mustangs baseball team concluded their district slate with a record of 5-2 and a loss to Palestine in Thursday’s senior night matchup at MHS.

The 10 seniors honored on the field with their families before the game were Brandon Larson, Max Allen, Jordan Baker, Gage Smith, Marcos Lopez, Danny Young, Cameron Carroll, Donte Malcolm, Jake Risinger and Reyshawn Moore.

“I have learned from these seniors and I hope they have learned from me,” said Coach Adam Borgfeld. “I have been fortunate to have them as leaders in my first year at the helm. They are the ones who try to get everyone back in line during the tough times and they will be truly missed.”

The Mustangs got off to an early lead on Thursday and maintained it until the sixth inning. Palestine would score six runs in their final two at-bats to pick up a 6-4 win.

“(Brad Rudis) pitched one of his best games of the season in the first five innings,” said Borgfeld on his starter. “I was confident and then things kind of unraveled in the sixth. We just could not take advantage of offensive situations like we have in the past.”

A Colby Sheppard single in the bottom of the first inning scored two runs to give Madisonville the early advantage. Danny Young would bring home two more in the second and fifth with a double and a homerun.

Rudis needed just 50 pitches to get through the first five innings, but Palestine awoke in the top of the sixth with three hits and a pair of walks to tie the game at four. They would pick up another pair in the top of the seventh off of reliever Dylan Stanley.

“Sometimes games you feel you should win do not turn out that way,” said Borgfeld. “It happens. We know we should have won and that we let an opportunity slip by, but it is not the end of the world. We need to keep pushing through because the third season starts next week.”

The third season, or the postseason, will feature the Mustangs as a two seed with a Rusk victory over Mexia on Tuesday. A Rusk loss, however, would mean a district tiebreaker between the Mustangs and Eagles in Lufkin-Hudson on Friday at 7 p.m.

Last Tuesday, Madisonville defeated Mexia for the second time this season after exploding for six runs in the top of the first inning. Sheppard and Stanley each drove home three runs in the contest and Larson picked up the win with four scoreless innings.

The Mustangs will compete in at least two more games before the postseason officially begins next week. They traveled to Huntington on Tuesday for an exhibition matchup and will host Central Heights at MHS on Friday for Little League Appreciation Night at 7 p.m.

The Mustangs will use the extra games to keep their arms fresh and experiment with new players on the mound in preparation for the playoffs.

“These warmup games allow us to keep that routine instilled,” said Borgfeld. “We have to take advantage of each one and build on them.”

Their playoff warmup matchup is scheduled to take place on Saturday at New Waverly at 1 p.m.

Madisonville taking the two-seed would mean that their first round opponent would be either Jasper or Lufkin-Hudson, who go head-to-head on Friday.

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