The Madisonville baseball team picked up two wins in the first week of the regular season after dropping their first two decisions.
Because of the baseball facilities enjoyed by MCISD, the Mustangs were able to get four games in the books while many teams across the state were idle due to weather. Madisonville also got to play at home long before they were scheduled to.
After opening day in China Springs was called in the fourth inning of a 1-1 tie, the Mustangs finished off the first week 2-2 with wins over Elkhart and Lorena and losses to Central Heights and Navasota in what became the Madisonville Round Robin.
“We’ve seen some good things thus far as well as some things we know we can improve,” said Madisonville baseball coach Keith Sitton. “Most of the issues we’ve had are just with ourselves. Once we get back into the swing of things and get more games under our belt that stuff should take care of itself.”
One of the things Sitton was most pleased with was the performance of his pitchers. In four decisions in Madisonville, the Mustang hurlers allowed just 12 total opponent runs to cross the plate. This included a shutout win over Lorena on Saturday, in which Brandon Larson tossed six innings and allowed just 2 hits. Max Allen shut the door in the seventh for the 5-0 win.
Earlier on Saturday, Madisonville took down Elkhart 6-3. Kasey Williamson logged two innings and surrendered 3 runs, but only 2 of those were earned. Brad Rudis went the rest of the way and allowed just a hit.
“I think we’re way ahead of where we were at this time last season in terms of pitching,” said Sitton. “Our guys have had great command and are making hitters adjust to them instead of the other way around. We have multiple players who have the ability to hit the zone with multiple pitches.”
Naturally, the hitting hasn’t been quite as effective to start the season. The Mustangs have mustered just 15 runs so far in their 5 games. But this doesn’t come as a surprise for such an early point in the season, especially for a team that plans on winning in other ways.
“We definitely struggled at the plate overall,” said Sitton. “I expect that to change a lot very soon, but we’re still a team that is based around pitching and defense.”
The Mustangs were scheduled to travel to Elkhart to battle the Elks again on Tuesday before beginning a tournament in Cameron and Rodgers on Thursday.