The Texas District 33 Little League tournaments are over, but there’s more innings for players in Madisonville colors.
Madisonville Little League all-stars competed in two of the remaining district tournaments at Lake Madison last week. Despite a rough district season for many of Madisonville’s all-star rosters, MLL’s major baseball division team came away with a district championship.
Meanwhile, the junior girls, ages 13-14, were playing at Lake Madison July 2 in an elimination softball game against Bryan National. Madisonville’s girls fought with fervor to keep their season alive and did so with a 19-2 win.3
On July 3, MLL went up against undefeated Bryan United. Madisonville needed another win for an opportunity at the district championship the next night. However, United never allowed the chance as they went on to defeat Madisonville for the district title, 19-6.
In the ages 11-12 baseball division, the MLL boys followed up a win over Bryan Harvey June 30 with a 9-1 win over College Station July 2.
Madisonville wasn’t rid of College Station for long, though. In the elimination bracket July 3, College Station took on Harvey to decide who would get a second shot at taking down Madisonville. College Station earned the right with an 11-2 victory.
With Independence Day spirit in the air, Madisonville and College Station partook in America’s pastime July 4. College Station needed to defeat Madisonville to force another rematch and extend the tournament another night.
College Station got a few hits in the first inning and scored a run to take an early 1-0 lead. The advantage held until the fourth inning with Madisonville at bat. With a Matt Rudis on base after a single, Will Hudson rocketed a 2-run home run past the fence and was welcomed at home plate by his team.
Kasey Williamson and J.P. O’Neal supplemented the homer with singles that allowed Williamson to score on a College Station error. In the fifth inning, Sam Bennett hit a double and was brought in when Rudis slammed a double of his own. Madisonville eventually got the victory with a 4-1 final score to win the Texas District 33 championship.
“It was a total team effort all through the tournament,” said Madisonville coach Mark Rudis, “highlighted by great pitching, excellent defense and timely clutch hitting.”
Williamson pitched to College Station for the entire game and handed out 11 strikeouts. There is a pitch limit of 85 throws for his age division, but he was allowed by rule to reach 86 throws since his 85th pitch came during College Station’s final at-bat.
“Coach Mark (Rudis) asked Kasey at the start of this batter if he wanted to finish it or turn it over to another pitcher,” said MLL president Roger Padon. “Kasey chose to finish it. Kasey faced 24 batters in this game, an awesome accomplishment. He gave up only three hits, all singles, 11 strikeouts and only one walk.”
As winners of their district, the MLL all-stars advance to the Texas East Little League Section 1 tournament in Brenham for the major division. Madisonville gets a bye past the first round and will begin their stay in the sectional tourney Friday, July 13, at 8 p.m. against Elgin, the winner of District 30. The competition is a double-elimination tournament culminating with championship night July 17. The Section 1 winner will then advance to the Texas East state tournament.
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