The Madisonville Lady Mustangs softball team solidified a spot in the postseason with an 8-0 shutout of Palestine in Thursday’s senior night matchup at MHS to conclude the regular season.
The seniors honored on the field before the game with their families at MHS were Emilie Blakley, Emily Alvarado, Averie Sims and Chloe Olvera.
“To see these four seniors enjoy the night and get that win was awesome because they have worked so hard,” said Coach Ashley Renner. “Over the two years I have had them, they bought into team culture and leading by example. They have really helped our program take off in the right direction.”
Blakley cruised on the mound for the Lady Mustangs to help complete the shutout, allowing five hits through seven innings. She also drove home three of Madisonville’s first four runs with a single in the second and a double in the third.
Maegan Anderson also added an RBI with a single in the fourth and Martia Tyler came home courtesy of Sidnie Smith after a triple in the sixth. Grace Williamson drove home the final runs of the night with a two-RBI single later in the sixth.
Despite a 9-8 loss to Mexia last Tuesday, the Lady Mustangs were victorious in two of their last three district matchups to qualify for the playoffs after a slow start to league play. Anderson and Alvarado each picked up a pair of RBIs in the loss at Mexia and the Lady Mustangs looked sharp outside of a disastrous six-run third for the Lady Cats.
Madisonville has already doubled their win total from a season ago with 14 to this point.
“We are winning in a lot of categories,” said Renner. “They play together as a team and truly love each other. We have improved so much in so many different areas including hitting, small ball, base running and communicating. Little things like that have come so far since last season and I feel like we can take that into next year.”
The Lady Mustangs competed in a playoff warmup game on Monday and will take on Hudson in the first round of the playoffs.
“I do not want to change their momentum or their mindset too much,” said Renner. “We will have the same routines at practice during the playoffs and continue to focus on fundamentals. We will try to keep sharpening our tools and play our game.”
Game one of the series against Hudson will take place on the road on Thursday night at 6 p.m. Game two will be played at MHS on Friday night at 7 p.m. If the teams split the matchups, a third game will be played 30 minutes after the conclusion of game two at MHS to determine the winner.
Blakley will toe the rubber for the Lady Mustangs in game one. Renner’s game two starter will depend on the result of game one.