MADISON — Madison Middle School’s boys baseball team used two big innings to give Wyoming East its first loss of the season on Thursday, April 24.
The Madison Redhawks scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning and nine runs in the bottom of the third as they went on to a dominating 20-2 win at home.
“We definately brought our bats to this game,” said Madison Middle Head Coach A.B. Brown.
Brown has been coaching these boys since they were seven- and eight-years-old.
“These are some great kids,” he said. “We get great support from our fans and parents and have some good coaches. We all support each other and I think that is the key to our success.”
Madison catcher Adam Epling had a double and a single in the first inning, helping his team take the lead after trailing 2-0 after the top half of the first inning. Epling ended the game 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored and one run batted in.
Starting pitcher Zack Craddock tripled to clear the bases in the same inning.
Craddock injured his hip pitching in the top of the second inning and had to come out of the game. He was replaced by Jacob Richards, who held Wyoming East scoreless before being replaced by Epling.
Richards also had a good game at the plate, driving in several runs in the nine-run third inning. Carter Lyles also drove in two with the bases loaded in the same inning. Lyes went 2 for 3 with a double, 2 runs and 2 RBIs.
Nathan Kuhn went two for two with two runs scored and one run batted in; Peyton Browning went 2 for 4 with 2 runs and 2 RBIs; Wes Nelson was 1 for 3 with a triple, 3 runs scored and 2 RBIs; and Jonathan Lester went 2 for 4 with 2 runs and 4 RBIs.
Isaac Miller, D.L. Brown, Bailey Adkins, Aaron Epling, Aaron Adkins, Caleb Thompson, Corey Cooper and Hunter Eplin all had a good game and contributed to the team’s win as well.
The loss was the first for the Wyoming East team. Wyoming East is made up of players from Mullens Middle School and Pineville Middle School, both of which feed into Wyoming East High School.
Madison defeated unbeated Ripley just a few days later 5-4.
“We have high expectations for the Black Diamond Conference Tournament,” Brown said. “I think we stand a very good chance at winning it all this year.”