New-look baseball shows early progress

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The new-look Madisonville Mustangs baseball team concluded the weekend’s action with a record of 4-4 with room for improvement but also a lot of promise moving into the heart of tournament season.

The team has competed in the Elkhart/Palestine Tournament as well as the Cameron/Rogers Tournament so far. They will travel to La Grange on Thursday to compete in their final scheduled tournament over the weekend before taking on three non-district opponents in single matchups. District play will begin on March 22 in Fairfield.

Last year’s team was one of the most successful squads in program history and made it all the way to the Regional Quarterfinals after an undefeated mark in district. Coach Adam Borgfeld, who was an assistant in 2018 and now holds the head job, believed his younger team would need to be successful with pitching and defense in 2019.

Errors have certainly plagued the Mustangs to this point, but they have also taken advantage of certain opponents to shine on the offensive side. Madisonville posted 25 runs in their season opener against Trinity and have also scored 10 against Navasota and 15 against Elkhart.

“Some of the pitching we have faced while scoring a lot of runs has not been great, but we have dominated it as we should,” said Borgfeld. “When we face extremely good pitching, we need to play much better defense than we have and produce offensively when we have those opportunities.”

On the pitching side, Borgfeld is pleased with the production he has seen from his starters to this point. The projected starters down the stretch are Brandon Larson, Brad Rudis, Max Allen and Dylan Stanley.

“The guys we have penciled in as our main starters have thrown strikes and are doing well,” said Borgfeld. “Our biggest issue is cleaning up those defensive mistakes. We need to be error-free at all positions and that has not been the case.”

In their final tournament, the Mustangs are scheduled to face Columbus, La Grange, Navarro and La Vernia. They are then scheduled to battle Caldwell, Lufkin Hudson and Bellville before the beginning of their district slate.

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