Mustangs battle in Cameron tournament

Posted 3/10/20

The Madisonville baseball team defeated Elkhart 10-4 at MHS March 3 before facing stout competition during a tournament in Cameron Friday and Saturday.

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Mustangs battle in Cameron tournament

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The Madisonville baseball team defeated Elkhart 10-4 at MHS March 3 before facing stout competition during a tournament in Cameron Friday and Saturday.

The Mustangs returned home to host Buffalo Tuesday before a tournament in La Grange, their last before starting district play March 27.

The team was winless in Cameron with losses to Gateway College Prep (12-5) and Cameron (9-4) Thursday along with Bridge City (13-5) and Malakoff (8-1) Saturday. The Mustangs were plagued by mistakes throughout the weekend.

“It showed a lot of areas we need to improve in, which is about every area right now” said head coach Adam Borgfeld. “The kids competed well and never gave up, but we cannot make those continuous errors. We have to make routine plays and we are struggling with that right now. A lot of it is our youth and inexperience.”

The team committed 18 errors in Cameron, nine of which came against Bridge City.

Gateway Prep jumped out to a 10-0 advantage over Madisonville to open tournament play Thursday after an eight-run outburst in the top of the third inning. The Mustangs retaliated with five of their own in the bottom frame but could never overcome the early deficit.

RBIs in the loss came from Tyler George, Kody Nye, Brad Rudis and Cutter Smith. Rayce Hudson started the game and picked up the loss after 2.1 innings of work. He was relieved by Cody Stapleton, Nye and Cade Hathorn.

Smith got the start for the Mustangs in their second game against host Cameron and allowed just one earned run (two unearned) in four innings on the bump.

“(Smith) did a lot of really good things on the mound,” said Coach Borgfeld. “He got us a lot of ground balls, we just needed to make the plays behind him.”

Madisonville trailed by one run before Cameron posted a six-spot in the bottom of the fifth to run away with the win.

Hudson recorded three RBIs for the Mustangs with a two-RBI single in the fifth and a groundout to score Landon Jackson in the third. Cody Borgfeld brought home the team’s other run with a bunt single in the fourth to score Dylan Stanley, which tied the game at two at the time.

Just one of Bridge City’s 13 runs in their Saturday win over Madisonville was earned. Hathorn got the start for the Mustangs and allowed one earned run (nine unearned) in 2.1 innings of work. Tyler Moseman pitched the final 2.2 innings, surrendering no earned runs and striking out two.

“I was happy with the performance of our young pitchers and it just shows we have some good things coming,” said Coach Borgfeld. “But it will take some time, experience and repetition.”

The Mustangs recorded just three hits in their second loss to Malakoff this season to conclude the tournament in Cameron Friday.

Malakoff jumped ahead with eight runs in the first three innings off starter Stanley to build an insurmountable lead. Jackson and Stapleton each pitched in relief for the Mustangs.

Stanley was responsible for the team’s only RBI.

On March 3, the Mustangs scored nine runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to run away from Elkhart in a standalone matchup at MHS.

Colby Sheppard put Madisonville on top with a two-RBI single to centerfield to score Jackson and Trevor Thompson. Brad Rudis then doubled on a line drive to left field to plate Hudson and Sheppard.

Madisonville went on to score four more runs in the fifth on four straight at-bats with a hit-by-pitch, walk, fielder’s choice and RBI-groundout.

Stanley, Moseman, Jackson and Thompson all added to the team’s RBI total. Stanley, Hudson, Jackson and Nye toed the rubber for the Mustangs in the win. Madisonville pitching allowed two earned runs in the 10-4 victory.

The team will travel to La Grange Thursday to begin a tournament with matchups against Bellville, Waller, La Vernia and Fulshear.

“We will keep trying to find the right combination behind certain pitchers,” said Borgfeld. “We need to get better at hitting, but we have to play better defense. That is going to keep you in games more than anything else, so we have to be better there.”

After their final tournament in La Grange, the Mustangs will conclude their non-district slate with matchups against Caldwell (home), Hudson (away) and Taylor (home).

The March 24 matchup against Taylor at MHS is the team’s annual Little League Night, to which all local baseball players are encouraged to attend in their jerseys.

The team’s next home matchup against Caldwell is scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Madisonville opens district play March 27 at MHS against Fairfield.

The Madisonville baseball team is currently running a food drive to collect items to be donated to the Son-Shine Outreach Center in Madisonville. A drop-off box will be set up at the gate during all Mustang home games between now and April 10. For further details, contact head coach Adam Borgfeld (aborgfeld@madisonvillecisd.org)

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