The Madisonville softball team picked up a win over Rudder in a tournament in Franklin on Friday before they dropped the week's remaining four contests.
“We played hard this weekend,” said Madisonville softball coach Ashley Renner. “We picked up a nice win and were almost able to come back to beat Whitney. We had a couple of tough games where we made too many errors, but all in all I’m seeing great improvements from the girls.”
After the 9-5 win over Rudder and a quiet loss to Thrall, the Lady Mustang comeback effort against Whitney ended in a 9-7 loss. Freshmen Sidnie Smith and Raegan Olvera both drove home two runs while Emilie Blakley, Kacelyn Jarrell and Averie Simms each picked up and RBI apiece.
The last two losses of the weekend came against Blooming Grove and Huntsville and the Lady Mustangs surrendered 8 runs to both opponents. The offense, even with occasional off days, has been quite effective for Madisonville, but the young team has struggled to keep the other team from crossing home plate.
“Our defense is our biggest need for improvement,” said Renner. “We hit well and have been very consistent with our bunting. We are working obviously working to cut down on errors and bad throws on the other side. Once that happens, we will be able to stay on top of teams.”
Madisonville is showing more and more signs of improvement as district play quickly approaches. They were scheduled to battle Giddings on the road on Tuesday and will return home to host Navasota on Friday night at 6 p.m. District play will begin in Fairfield on March 15.
“I’m pleased with our efforts as well as the attitude my players have shown so far,” said Renner. “I have a group of hardworking kids and great things are coming.”