Softball heats up in district

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The Madisonville softball team picked up a decisive 18-5 victory over Palestine in the only game they played over the week.

“Ever since we started district, I feel like our energy and focus has been on point,” said Madisonville head softball coach Ashley Renner. “We have played extremely hard and our losses are just by a run or two. I feel very confident heading into round two with these girls.”

The lopsided final evened up Madisonville’s record in district at 2-2 after many learning experiences in tournament play. Couple the promising district win with the amount of rest they received this week, the Lady Mustangs seem to be coming together as a team at exactly right time.

Emilie Blakley led the way on the bump for Madisonville with 6 strikeouts, but she also contributed to her own cause with two doubles and a pair of runs driven in. Multiple members of the Lady Mustangs recorded two hits or more on the night. This included Kandace Smith, who brought home three runs and hit a homerun. Kacelyn Jarrell started the game off right with a leadoff triple in the first. From there, the offense never stopped working.

The second straight win comes after a 13-7 victory over Mexia last Friday. Blakley recorded nine strikeouts in that performance to take down a team that was tied for first in district play heading into the action.

“We had a lot of energy and were coming off of two tough losses to Fairfield and Athens,” said Renner. “I feel like we have battled in district play and fought to the end of every game.”

Madisonville returned home and tried to make it three in a row with a game against Fairfield on Tuesday as they began the second half of their district slate. Three out of the final four Lady Mustang district games will take place in Madisonville. They will host Athens on Friday at 7 p.m.

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