Mustangs take three in Palestine

Posted 3/3/20

The Madisonville baseball team went 3-1 at a tournament in Palestine Thursday through Saturday with victories over Elkhart, Bishop Gorman and Leon and a loss to Concordia Lutheran.

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Mustangs take three in Palestine


The Madisonville baseball team went 3-1 at a tournament in Palestine Thursday through Saturday with victories over Elkhart, Bishop Gorman and Leon and a loss to Concordia Lutheran.

Brad Rudis and Cody Borgfeld led the way with a pair of RBIs each to open play Thursday while freshmen pitchers Rayce Hudson and Cody Stapleton kept Elkhart off the scoreboard on just two hits through four innings in the 6-0 win.

“I was pleased with our pitching overall,” said head coach Adam Borgfeld on the tournament’s opener. “If you can throw strikes, you can be fairly successful. They did a good job and we played good defense behind them. We also had some timely hits in that game.”

The Mustangs won another four-inning contest against Bishop Gorman Thursday evening by a score of 4-3. Another pair of freshman arms, Cutter Smith and Cooper Staley, toed the rubber for Madisonville in the win.

“One thing with all the young pitchers is working on getting ahead in the counts and not falling behind,” said Coach Borgfeld. “If we can get ahead, we can be successful. I was pleased with our performance (against Bishop Gorman).”

Smith allowed two earned runs (and one unearned) through three innings of work, striking out three. Dylan Stanley scored what proved to be the winning run in the bottom half of the fourth. Stanley also recorded an RBI in the win along with Colby Sheppard.

The Mustangs allowed eight runs in the top of the fourth inning to fall 10-0 to Concordia Lutheran Friday. Six of the 10 runs were unearned.

Rudis struck out six and allowed one earned run in a three-inning start on the bump for the Mustangs in the loss.

“(Rudis) pitched really well for us,” said Coach Borgfeld. “He was ahead in the count and kept the ball down, we just did not play good defense behind him. We have to be able to do that. Our biggest problem right now is playing good defense behind our pitchers.”

The Mustangs concluded the tournament Saturday with a 7-2 victory over Leon, in which Rudis and Kody Nye each hit homeruns. Stapleton and Tyler Moseman split four innings in the win. Sheppard and Stanley also recorded RBIs.

“I think it was a good tournament to start off with, especially with our inexperience right now,” said Coach Borgfeld. “Next week is going to be a lot tougher and we will play some really good opponents.”

Madisonville is scheduled to compete against highly-touted opponents such as Malakoff (for a second time), Gateway Prep and Cameron during a tournament at C.H. Yoe High School Thursday through Saturday.

“It is going to be a tough tournament,” said Coach Borgfeld. “We will need to step up and play a lot better defensively. That is what we need to work on this week. Like I tell the kids, it is a marathon not a sprint. That is why you need to play good teams, to see where you are weak and fix those problems.”

The Mustangs returned to MHS Tuesday to host Elkhart again in a standalone matchup. The game was originally scheduled to take place in Elkhart but was changed due to weather.

After the Cameron tournament, Madisonville is scheduled to return to MHS to host Buffalo March 10. They will compete in another tournament in La Grange along with a handful of standalone matchups before beginning district play against Fairfield March 27 at MHS.

As described in the news section, the Madisonville baseball team is currently running a food drive to collect items to donate to the Son-Shine Outreach Center in Madisonville. A drop-off box will be set up at the gate during all Mustang home games between now and April 10. For further details, see news section.