Madisonville baseball coach Keith Sitton earned his 300th career win on Friday in Fairfield as his team clinched a perfect record in district play.
“At the beginning of each year one of your first goals is to win a district title, but it’s usually extremely difficult,” said Sitton. “To get through unscathed is a testament to how consistent these boys have been throughout the second half of the season. To reach 300 on the same night was special, but it’s amazing to be a part of this group.”
The perfect finish in district was sealed with a 14-0 victory over the Fairfield Eagles. Bryce Bennett and Zach Poe combined for a 1-hit shutout and 16 total strikeouts. This season, Madisonville incredibly outscored district opponents 80-4. Mustang pitching allows about one hit per game and strikes out 10.
“Once our staff truly got into pitching shape, there was no doubt we had a chance to run the table,” said Sitton. “We’ve been dominant. When your pitching is as good as it has been, your defense naturally falls into place. We've executed well and made some difficult plays look routine.”
On Friday, the Mustang bats complimented Bennett and Poe nicely with 16 hits against four Fairfield pitchers. Sam Bennett led the team with five hits and Poe brought home three runs. Madisonville led 9-0 after six and posted five runs in their half of the seventh.
Offense was the team’s biggest concern entering the season, but they have averaged 10 runs per game in district play.
“Our approach at the plate has steadily improved and made us a better team,” said Sitton. “We don't alway start as fast as we would like, but all of our team has greatly improved since the start of district.”
With the conclusion of district play brings the final week of the regular season. The Mustangs have added a non-league road game to their schedule and will travel to China Spring tonight. They will return home on Friday night for the last game before the postseason and senior night in Madisonville against West.
“This group is extremely loose and fun to coach,” said Sitton. “The kids are awesome and the support we receive from the community is overwhelming. This team has what it takes, we just need to make it happen.”