Madison Baseball entered its May 14 match-up with Rappahannock County riding a four game winning streak. This contest featured the hottest team in the Bull Run (Madison) and one of the best pitchers in the area (Rapp’s Brett Midkiff). Like the previous game in Madison, the Mountaineers matched Connor Houser with Midkiff on the mound. Moreover, exactly like the first game between these teams, it was a pitching duel.
MCHS struck first in the top of the first inning when William Graves drove in Hugh Wingate for a quick 1-0 lead. That was the only run Madison would score until the fifth inning. On the other side of the field, the Panthers had little success against Houser through the first three innings, gaining only one hit.
Rappahannock finally knotted the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth when they executed a suicide squeeze bunt to perfection. Madison broke open the game in the top of the fifth, scoring three runs on four base hits. Jack Bourdon, Aaron Henshaw, Wingate and Houser had hits in the inning with Wingate driving in one run and Houser two to open up a 4-1 lead.
Thomas Shifflette came on in relief for MCHS, pitching the last three innings in shut out fashion. Madison tacked on an insurance run in the top of the seventh to account for the final tally of 5-1.
MCHS hosted George Mason the next night in the regular season finale. With a win, Madison would be in a tie for second place in the District. The Mustangs had secured the top spot with a victory the night before.
Trey Deane pitched 5.1 innings for Madison. He and Todd Davis (1.2 innings pitched in relief) combined to limit the vaunted Mason offense to three runs on four hits with seven strikeouts. Unfortunately, the Mounties were able to muster only two runs on three hits. Madison had numerous scoring opportunities but ultimately stranded a season high 11 runners on base.
Madison had all their hits and scored both runs in the third inning. Bourdon lead off by drawing a walk. He promptly stole second base and scored on a Wingate base hit. With two outs and no one on base, Houser lined a base hit into left centerfield. He advanced to second when Graves drew a walk. Houser scored on Corey Helmick’s single up the middle. That was as close as Madison would get as they stranded two runners in the fifth, three in the sixth and two more in the seventh.
The loss ended the Mountaineer win streak at five games.
Madison hosted Central (Woodstock) in the Bull Run District quarterfinals May 20. The number four seeded Mountaineers fell to the fifth seed, 3-0.