The Madisonville Lady Mustangs softball team dropped a pair of district matchups this week to Rusk and Mexia to fall to 0-3 to start the district season.
Last Tuesday, Madisonville surrendered eight runs in the bottom of the third inning in Rusk to fall to the Lady Eagles 12-0 by run rule after five. The Lady Mustangs came up with just one hit in the contest and committed four errors on the defensive side.
Rusk picked up a pair of runs in each of their first two at-bats off of Madisonville starting pitcher Kendall Creighton, who was removed with one out in the bottom of the third. Creighton surrendered eight runs in the performance, but only three of them were earned.
The Lady Eagles broke it open in the bottom of the third with eight runs off of eight hits, including a homerun and a pair of doubles. A fielding error early in the inning allowed Rusk to build off a pair of leadoff singles and ultimately ensure an early night.
The Lady Mustangs struggled to put the ball in play throughout the night and struck out 12 times. Grace Williamson picked up the only Madisonville hit of the contest with a leadoff single to left field in the top of the second inning.
The team returned home to MHS on Friday evening in hopes of a rebound against Mexia. The Lady Mustangs surrendered four runs in the top of the seventh inning to drop a back-and-forth contest to the Black Cats by a score of 8-5.
Miscues did Madisonville in once again on Friday. They committed six errors on the night and only three of Mexia’s runs were ultimately charged to pitchers Creighton and Emilie Blakley.
The Lady Mustangs were able to push runs across the plate on the offensive side. Sidnie Smith stole third base before coming home to put her team on the board for the first time in their first at bat and a Blakley sacrifice fly in the third and homerun in the sixth brought home two more.
After Mexia added four insurance runs in the top of the seventh, Blakley struck again with a two-RBI double to plate Averie Sims and Williamson. But the rally stopped short and the Lady Mustangs fell by three runs.
The Lady Mustangs traveled to Palestine on Tuesday to conclude the first half of their district schedule. They will have an off night on Friday before hosting Fairfield on Tuesday.