Score early and let your pitching do the work. That was the way the Madisonville boys’ baseball team won third place last week in the Franklin tournament.
Madisonville finished the tournament 3-1, defeating Academy 6-4 and Bay Area Christian 8-0. Madisonville pitcher Matt Rudis threw a no-hitter as the Mustangs defeated 3A traditional powerhouse Troy 7-0, before falling to Lago Vista 11-7. Rudis was named to the all-tournament team and received pitcher of the week by TXhighschoolbaseball.com.
“He was dominant,” said coach Sitton after Rudis’ performance on the mound. “He worked ahead all day -- had command of both sides of the plate with his fastball and curveball. I’ve been involved with no-hitters before but with this caliber of opponent, this was something special.”
The Mustangs beat New Waverly earlier in the week 10-0, improving the team’s overall record to 13-2 on the season.
“Consistency is our word for the week, possibly the season. Try to maintain a standard of practice and play that promotes a constant level of expectations and success. Hopefully that will keep our play at a high level and minimize the valleys that always come along with a long baseball season,” Sitton said.
“We continue to improve in different aspects of the game, at different times. We have been outstanding on the bases and are steadily improving at the plate. That puts a lot of pressure on opposing teams. Our pitching continues to be our strength and we show flashes of being a very good defensive team. We continue to work hard to consistently put all three together in a game setting.”
The Mustangs return to the mound Friday hosting Hudson at home. Opening pitch is set for 2:30 p.m.