M-Ville baseball off to the races


The Madisonville Mustangs baseball team picked up a pair of wins to begin their regular season over Trinity and Navasota and also hosted a tournament at MHS when the weather caused scheduling changes.

The Mustangs started their season off with a bang when they defeated Trinity 25-0 in four innings on opening day. The Madisonville bats made their presence felt in the bottom of the first with a seven spot but ended the day for good by mercy rule with 17 in the bottom of the third.

Brad Rudis and Max Allen each logged a pair of innings and allowed no runs and a hit apiece. Rudis struck out all six of the Trinity batters he retired and both had solid defense behind them.

Trinity assisted the onslaught with a number of errors in the game, but Jake Risinger led the team with four runs driven in while Jordan Baker plated three. Brandon Larson and Rudis would bring in a pair while Allen, Danny Young, Asa Surface, Gage Smith and Cameron Carroll all contributed an RBI.

The Mustangs kept it going with a 10-3 win over Navasota on Thursday. The matchup was part of what should have been Elkhart/Palestine Tournament, but was moved to MHS due to weather.

Madisonville jumped out to a 4-1 advantage in the first inning after falling behind in the top of the frame. They scored at least one run in all five innings of play and allowed just one Rattler baserunner to cross the plate after the second frame. Rudis started the game and logged two innings, surrendering a pair of runs. Larson and Young would work in relief for the Mustangs and would allow just one hit each and no earned runs.

Kody Nye led the offensive production with three runs batted in and a pair of hits, including a double. Allen, Smith, Baker and Colby Sheppard also brought home runners in the win.

On Saturday morning, the Mustangs were defeated 3-1 by New Waverly in a pitcher’s duel that would last all seven innings. Max Allen, Dylan Stanley and Brandon Larson all battled on the bump and each allowed one earned run. Allen and Stanley logged three inning each and Larson came in for the seventh.

But New Waverly’s arms were a little stronger down the stretch. Starter Jacob Kutchey went 4.1 innings and allowed just one run before his bullpen was able to shut the door. Sheppard recorded Madisonville’s lone RBI with a knock in the bottom of the fifth.

The Mustangs traveled to Elkhart on Tuesday for a standalone matchup and are scheduled to compete in a tournament at Cameron and Rogers this weekend.