Baseball is a fickle sport where rhythm, timing and even luck can play heavy factors in a team’s success. The Madison Cats were reminded of that over the past two days when they were eliminated from the Legion baseball state tournament in two games despite posting an impressive 28-15 record in the regular season including wins over some great teams.
In their state tournament opener Monday Madison fell 10-4 to the Burley Green Sox. The Sox narrowly led for most of the game then poured in eight runs in the sixth inning. Madison’s Kameron Kostial hit a grand slam in the sixth to get the Cats within four but that was the only time the Cats were able to score.
Dylan Rydalch pitched a little over four innings allowing three hits and two runs with five strikeouts and three walks. Kostial threw 27 pitches allowing four hits and seven runs with one strikeout and one walk. Reid Nelson pitched a little over an inning allowing three hits and a run with two strikeouts and a walk.
Mason Flanary was a bright spot in a bit of a rough hitting day for the Cats hitting 2/3 including a double.
In their game Tuesday morning, Madison fell 6-4 to the Skyline Grizzlies AA. Neither team scored in the first four innings then Madison scored two in the fifth and seventh inning while Skyline scored one in the sixth. It looked like the Cats were going to cruise to a reasonably easy victory but Skyline scored five runs in the final inning to take the game.
Isaac Walker pitched a little over five innings allowing two hits and a run with five strikeouts and four walks. Tyler Pena threw 26 pitches allowing two hits and three runs with two walks and Brendon Ball threw fourteen pitches allowing one hit and two runs with one walk.
Kekoa Jensen, Cody Rydalch and Brendon Ball were the three Cats to get hits. Jensen led the team in RBIs with three.