Softball finds redemption

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The Madisonville Lady Mustangs softball team split a pair of non-district contests this week with a 3-0 loss in Navasota on Friday and an 8-2 victory over Shepherd on Monday at MHS to bring their record to 8-6-1.

“We got our bunts down, moved runners and executed in key situations, which is something we have worked really hard on” said Coach Ashley Renner following Madisonville’s bounce back victory on Monday. “We did a lot of extra hitting today. We hit for an hour in the morning and an hour before the game to get all of the kinks out and we were able to take care of business.”

Sidnie Smith brought home the first of eight runs in the bottom of the third with a sacrifice fly to centerfield to plate Martia Tyler.

Averie Sims led-off what would be a three-run fourth inning with a line shot over the left field wall. Brianna Abad would later bring home Grace Williamson with an RBI-groundout before Tyler gave the Lady Mustangs a 4-1 advantage with a sacrifice fly.

On the defensive side, Smith was able to overcome six errors on the mound and hold Shepherd to just two runs. She would also drive in a pair of runs by the time the night was done.

Madisonville broke away with a three-spot in the bottom of the fifth inning courtesy of a Meagan Anderson infield single and a two-RBI double off the bat of Abad. Abad led Madisonville with three RBIs.

The win was perhaps a remedy for Madisonville after Friday’s shutout loss in Navasota to the Rattlers, in which they managed just two hits. The Rattlers came up with one run in each of the second, third and fourth innings off of starting pitcher Kendall Creighton. Two of the runs were earned.

Tournament season has concluded for the Lady Mustangs and they have just one more matchup before district play begins on March 22 in Fairfield.

“We have a lot of momentum and confidence going in,” said Renner. “That is the biggest thing for us. We are confident and we are playing together as a team. Our team culture is huge and I think that is helping us a lot.”

Madisonville will be off on Friday before they host Huntington at MHS on Tuesday for their final non-district matchup of the season.

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