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Baseball drops opener, softball hosts tournament

Posted 2/25/20

The Madisonville baseball team dropped their season opener 11-5 to the Malakoff Tigers at MHS Monday, committing six errors in the matchup.

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The Madisonville baseball team dropped their season opener 11-5 to the Malakoff Tigers at MHS Monday, committing six errors in the matchup.

“We got a lot of work to do,” said head coach Adam Borgfeld. “There is not one thing we need to work on over another, we need to work on everything. It is just a process. We are young and it will take time. We faced a very good team and they hit the ball well. We did not make the plays we should have.”

A number of Madisonville players saw their first varsity experience Monday with a roster comprised of nine freshmen or sophomores.

“When you play good teams like (Malakoff), they will show you your weaknesses right away,” said Coach Borgfeld. “That is what we need to see.”

The young Mustangs kept the game close until Malakoff broke away with five runs in the top of the seventh.

Junior Brad Rudis got the start for the Mustangs and struck out five Malakoff hitters through just two innings of work. He allowed one hit and two unearned runs in the top of the first.

Madisonville evened the score in the bottom half of the second with the help of back-to-back doubles from Cody Borgfeld and Kody Nye to lead off the frame. An RBI-single from Rayce Hudson scored Nye and a fielding error by Malakoff brought home Cade Hathorn (Borgfeld’s courtesy runner) while Hudson stole second base.

Malakoff extended their lead with a run in the third and three in the top half of the fifth. Nye, whose second inning double ricocheted off the centerfield wall, would later clear the left field fence with a two-run homerun in the bottom of the fifth to cut the deficit to two.

Rudis also launched a long ball with a shot to center in the bottom of the seventh.

Madisonville used six pitchers in the loss, including Rudis, Hudson, Cody Stapleton, Tyler Moseman, Cooper Staley and Colby Sheppard. Three of Malakoff’s 11 runs were not charged to Mustang pitching.

“One thing we need to work on with all of our pitchers is getting ahead in the count and working from there instead of working from behind,” said Coach Borgfeld. “It is just a process, still. It is the little things that add up against good teams.”

The team logged nine hits in the game with Nye and Sheppard each contributing a pair. Rudis, Borgfeld, Hudson, Stapleton and Trevor Thompson also recorded hits.

The Mustangs will travel to Palestine for a tournament Thursday through Saturday to compete against Elkhart, Bishop Gorman, Concordia Lutheran and Leon. It is their first of three tournaments scheduled for the non-district season.

The team’s next home game is scheduled for March 10 against Buffalo.

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