Softball begins district slate

Posted 3/26/19

The Madisonville Lady Mustangs softball team dropped a pair of contests during a hectic spring break last week, including a 15-5 decision in Fairfield to open their district slate.

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Softball begins district slate

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The Madisonville Lady Mustangs softball team dropped a pair of contests during a hectic spring break last week, including a 15-5 decision in Fairfield to open their district slate.

“I think the game just got away from us too fast,” said Madisonville Coach Ashley Renner on the loss in Fairfield. “We fell behind and could not recover quickly enough. I think we went into a little bit of a shock and we were not on our game mentally. We got down on ourselves and it all just snowballed too fast and we could not climb out of it.”

The Lady Eagles exploded offensively in the top of the second inning and scored eight runs after two were out with no runs across the plate. Fairfield used four straight hits to build their lead with the assistance of a pair of walks and an error. The Lady Eagles added another pair in the third and four more in the fourth to build a 10-run lead and win via the run rule after five innings.

Averie Sims cut the deficit for the Lady Mustangs in the top of the third inning with the team’s offensive highlight of the night. With two runners on, Sims lined a homerun over the centerfield wall to plate Sidnie Smith and Maegan Anderson. Sims would record four of the team’s five RBIs on the night. Brianna Abad added another with a sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth inning to score Emilie Blakley.

Before opening district in Fairfield, Madisonville hosted Huntington at MHS in their final preseason game of the year last Tuesday. In their first matchup in over a week, the Lady Mustangs were held scoreless until the bottom of the seventh inning and fell to the Devilettes by a score of 8-2.

The Lady Mustangs recorded four hits in the loss to Huntington and Martia Tyler logged the team’s only RBI with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh. The Devilettes would ultimately allow two runs to score on the play after a throwing error.

“Last week was spring break, so we were off of our normal schedule,” said Renner. “We had a lot of other activities going on outside of softball. I do not know if we were off of our game because our minds were in other places, but I think we will bounce back and be a whole different team this week.”

Back to their normal schedule, Madisonville will look to remove the kinks as they advance into their district schedule. The team experienced a similar issue with their offense earlier in the season after they were shut out 3-0 in Navasota. They bounced back in their very next matchup against Shepherd at MHS with an 8-2 win.

“We use pre-district to prepare for district and now we have to use these practices to prepare for every single game,” said Renner. “We need to get everything fixed that we messed up on in Friday’s game. We had a long discussion on preparation, how to bounce back and overall mentality.”

The Lady Mustangs battled Rusk in their second district contest of the season on Tuesday. They will return to MHS for their first district matchup at home against Mexia on Friday at 6 p.m.

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