Mustangs surge into home stretch

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The Madisonville Mustangs baseball team concluded their first stint of district play with a record of 3-1 and picked up a non-league victory over highly-touted Little Cypress-Mauriceville on Friday at MHS.

The Mustangs began the second half of district on Tuesday at home against Fairfield, who they defeated 13-3 on March 22. Three of their four district matchups to conclude the regular season will take place at MHS.

“I think our confidence is really high right now,” said Coach Adam Borgfeld. “The district schedule favors us with three games at home, but we will still need to take it one game at a time. We have to be prepared and have the same focus and mentality in this round of district play as we did in the first.”

Last Tuesday’s 12-1 victory in Palestine featured a steady barrage of runs from the Madisonville offense. The Mustangs scored three times in the second and third innings and posted a pair in the fourth and seventh.

“We had multiple hits from the bottom of the order and when those guys get on, the top of the order can usually bring them around,” said Borgfeld. “That is starting to get better and better as the year goes on.”

Jordan Baker, Cody Borgfeld and Dylan Stanley all produced RBIs from the lower portion of the order with Borgfeld bringing home a pair. Brad Rudis and Brandon Larson also drove home two runs each and Colby Sheppard added another.

Larson also picked up the win for the Mustangs on the bump and did not allow an earned run through six innings and struck out seven. Palestine managed to bring home an unearned run in the bottom of the first.

“(Brandon) got into a few long counts but did a great job,” said Coach Borgfeld. “He did really well with his command and we played good defense behind him most of the night.”

On Friday, Madisonville took a break from their district slate to host Little Cypress-Mauriceville on Friday night. The Mustangs used a five-run outburst in the bottom of the fourth to pull out a 7-3 victory over the Bears.

The fourth inning rally was fueled by a pair of triples from Max Allen and Sheppard to give them their first lead and all the insurance they would need.

“(Little Cypress-Mauriceville) is a top-ten team in the state and we got down 3-1 early,” said Borgfeld. “I knew that we could play with them and beat them if we could get the timely hits.”

Allen’s shot was out of the reach of a diving opponent to score Stanley and Rudis and Sheppard’s gap-shot brought home Larson. Baker, Danny Young and Kody Nye also picked up RBIs in the victory.

Rudis picked up the win for the Mustangs and recorded five innings of work. He surrendered three runs, one of which was earned, and struck out three. Allen shut the door on the Bears with two scoreless innings of relief.

“We had a couple of errors that extended the early innings and inflated the pitch count,” said Borgfeld. “(Rudis) was able to settle down and got into a groove. He was able to hit his spots better as the game went on.”

The Mustangs will host Rusk at MHS on Friday night at 7 p.m. before concluding district play against Mexia and Palestine.

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