Softball starts strong

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The Madisonville Lady Mustangs softball team has picked up five wins to start the regular season, which included a set of tournament games at MHS over the weekend.

The Lady Mustangs displayed their defensive strength with a 2-1 victory over Cameron in their season opener. Emily Alvarado and Averie Sims each picked up an RBI in the first inning to spot the Lady Mustangs an early lead.

Kendall Creighton went all seven innings on the bump for Madisonville and allowed just one run on five hits. She struck out five Cameron batters and walked one. Madisonville recorded two errors, but made the necessary plays behind Creighton to ensure the victory.

Madisonville would then host the Mustang Classic Tournament at MHS and finished the action with a record of 3-3. The Lady Mustangs pounced on North Zulch to start the tournament and needed just four innings to build a 15-0 advantage.

Averie Sims led the team in RBIs with three while Alvarado added a pair. Madisonville pitching allowed just two hits in the win.

The Lady Mustangs also came away with a mercy-rule victory in their next contest against Tarkington. Madisonville plated seven runs in the first two innings to set the tone and added three in the bottom of the fourth.

Avery Sims again brought home three runs while Creighton plated a pair. Sidnie Smith spent all four innings on the mound, allowing three hits and no runs.

Madisonville then began to struggle for the remainder of the Mustang Classic with an 11-4 loss to Navasota, an 11-3 loss to Cleveland and a 13-3 loss to Sheperd. They were, however, able to end the weekend on a high note with a 13-2 win over Franklin on Saturday.

The Lady Mustangs then traveled to Onalaska on Monday and used a devastating 11-run second inning to blowout the Lady Cats 18-3. Smith led the team with three hits and was one of three to drive home a pair of runs in the contest. The others were Maegan Anderson and Chloe Olvera.

The Madisonville softball team will go back to work on Thursday when they compete in a weekend tournament in Caldwell. Their next home game will be Feb. 26 against New Waverly.

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