Lady Mustangs pick up wins

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The young Madisonville softball team has battled through the opening two-week stretch of the season and has picked up three wins along the way.

“I feel like we’ve handled the beginning of the season well,” said Madisonville softball coach Ashley Renner. “I have very coachable kids who work hard and improve daily. They want to get better and will.”

The Lady Mustangs took two-out-of-three from Cleveland at home to begin the season and scored 22 total runs in the series. It has been somewhat inconsistent in terms of runs scored by game, but they have posted plenty of runs when they’re hot.

“The girls enjoy playing together, so the chemistry feels good,” said Renner. “Our hitting seems to be our strength. We battle hard in the box and can make things happen.”

In a Thursday home game against Franklin, the Mustangs exploded for 25 runs. Kacelyn Jarrell recorded 3 RBI on 3 hits, including a homerun. Raegan Olivera and Grace Williamson also drove in 3 runs each. Ten Mustangs recorded at least an RBI in the 25-2 romping.

There have also been down games offensively. Madisonville has posted 2 runs or less in four out of their seven losses to start the year. They have surrendered a lot of runs in the rest of their losses, but Renner believes the defense has steadily improved among other aspects of the team’s performance.

“We’ve done a good job of executing small ball,” said Renner. “We bunt daily in practice and it has paid off so far. Our base running has improved a lot too. We are working hard to take extra bases when we can and capitalize on our opponent’s mistakes.”

The Lady Mustangs traveled to Normangee last night to battle the Panthers and will compete in a tournament in Franklin over the weekend. They are scheduled to return to Madisonville to host Navasota on March 9.

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