Madison County’s softball team hasn’t been in a ton of close games this year — they’ve spent more time run-ruling the opposition than battling it out.
Apparently the Mountaineers haven’t forgotten how to win the close ones though. In Wednesday’s Bull Run District semifinals, the Mountaineers closed out Strasburg 3-2 to advance to the Bull Run title game where they’ll host Clarke County at 7 p.m. Thursday night.
Madison got it done with early offense, steady pitching and a run-saving catch in centerfield by Morgan Clark at the fence in the top of the fifth that helped Madison hold on to what was then a 3-1 lead.
Logyn Estes came in as a reliever for Emily Seale in the sixth and seventh and despite Strasburg scratching out one run on an error to make it 3-2, Estes clamped down after that, striking out three and forcing a pair of groundouts to finish it off. Seale struck out seven in five innings to secure the win without giving up a single walk and both runs by the Rams were unearned.
Meadow Anderson and Bailey Smith both knocked in runs, with the Mountaineers scoring twice in the first inning, with Cassie Smith scoring on a wild pitch before Bailey Smith drove in Hannah Johnson with an RBI single. Anderson knocked in Emily Price on a popup single to center in the second inning.
Bailey Smith finished 2-for-3 on the day including a double while Seale, Price and Cassie Smith all managed hits, with Price also ripping a double.
The Mountaineers will face Clarke County in the district title game Thursday before moving on to the region tournament.