The Madisonville baseball team surrendered just 11 runs in 5 games this week and finished 4-1 overall including some late-inning heroics.
“I thought the bats started to catch up this weekend,” said Madisonville baseball coach Keith Sitton. “Offense always trails defense early in a baseball season, but we saw the ball better this week and executed well on the base paths. We continue to pitch very well and kept our consistency from that perspective.”
That consistent pitching alongside timely hitting spelled success for the Mustangs this week. Last Tuesday, Madisonville exploded for 7 runs in their final two at-bats to bury Elkhart by a score of 10-3.
“I think the style of baseball we played this week will be more of what we see from the Mustangs all season,” said Sitton. “Our foundation is on pitching and defense and we will put pressure on our opponents as we continue to improve our run game. Being good in that regard can open up a lot of avenues.”
On Thursday and Saturday, the Mustangs hosted four games that were supposed to be part of a road tournament. They were able to come back and top Bellville 5-3 on Thursday in a walkoff homerun by Kasey Williamson. After 4 innings of play, the Mustangs trailed 3-0.
“As we struggled early offensively, it forced us into a number of very close games,” said Sitton. “I feel these games really benefit us. Fighting back when behind, competing in tied games and finding ways to close out games are all things we can't learn in practice.”
Pitchers Zach Poe, Daniel Young and Corey Shuck kept the Bellville bats at bay for good after the third inning. The staff looked even more impressive later in the day when they battled Hudson.
Mustang starter Bryce Bennett tossed 5 innings and allowed just two hits and no earned runs as Madisonville coasted to a win. Offensively, Ben Phillips, Brad Rudis and Poe each picked up 2 RBI apiece in the 9-1 victory. The Mustangs were helped out along the way by 3 Hudson errors.
The offense faltered in the first of two matchups on Saturday. The Mustangs managed just 2 hits in the game and fell 3-0 to Bridge City. Despite the loss, senior Matt Rudis toed the rubber for two innings and allowed a run on a pair of hits.
The Mustangs were able to bounce back later in the afternoon with a 7-1 victory over Silsbee in there weekend’s final matchup. Williamson logged 5 innings of 2-hit baseball and let just one unearned run cross the plate. Poe showed out with 3 RBI on as many hits and scored two runs of his own.
Madisonville has enjoyed a break from the diamond since Saturday's home split. They are scheduled to travel to Franklin for a tournament this weekend and will play at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday. As always, the schedule is tentative.