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'Cats Cage Cougars for Baseball Win Friday; Devils Levied Loss Against Madill

posted Mar 18, 2016, 7:38 PM by Brandon Jacks   [ updated Mar 21, 2016, 7:57 AM ]
Madill broke out to a 3-0 advantage by the top of the second inning Friday afternoon against Ada in Pauls Valley and concluded the contest with an 11-5 victory over the Cougars in the Jeff Davis Memorial Tournament March 18.
The Wildcats wrenched control away from Ada in the sixth inning of the contest as senior Riley McDaniel knocked a two-run double to give the Madill squad a 9-3 cushion. Matt Combs' RBI-sacrifice fly ball and Traven Bagley's RBI-double plated two more runs for Madill and gave the 'Cats an 11-3 lead. Devon Chapa started the inning with a single. Tanner Barnes and Raygan Dodd also added a hit in the frame. The Cougars added two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Chapa came on in  relief of Dodd and struck out one Ada batter.
Dodd picked up the pitching win as the junior hurler tossed five strikeouts from the mound and delivered an RBI-single in the top of the third frame to grant the 'Cats a 4-0 lead. Tanner Barnes' two-run double pushed the Wildcats cushion to 6-0 in the same frame. The Cougars responded by plating three runs in the bottom of the fourth to cut the 'Cats lead in half at 6-3. Taber Bagley connected with an RBI-single in the top of the fifth for Madill to stake the Wildcats to a 7-3 lead. McDaniel, Taber Bagley and Paxton Arterberry had hits in the second inning. The Wildcats scored on wild pitches in the second. 
The Wildcats suffered a 10-7 loss to Prague in the second game for Madill Friday afternoon. Madill opened the game by plating three runs in its first half inning only to see the Red Devils answer with four to take the 4-3 edge. The Wildcats nudged back into the lead at 6-4 in the third with a two-run single by Combs and one run driven in by Corbin Larason. Prague leveled the game, 6-6, in the bottom of the third. Barnes scored on a wild pitch in the fourth to grab a 7-6 edge for Madill. The Red Devils bounced back to even the game once again, 7-7, in the bottom of the same frame. Walks proved costly for the 'Cats as the Red Devils pushed across three runs to cement the three-run triumph in the fifth inning.
Madill meets host Pauls Valley at 1 p.m. on Saturday (March 19). They open the home schedule March 21 against Dickson.