By Ryan Alves
Madison Southern scored three runs in the final two innings Wednesday night, but by then it was too little, too late as the Eagles fell to Scott County 6-3.
Madison Southern (0-8) is still looking for its first win of the season, but against the Cardinals, the Eagles showed they are very close to getting over the proverbial hump.
“We’re still just making these little fundamental mistakes that are making the difference,” Madison Southern coach Dustin O. Hon said. “We’ve got some young guys, and this is my first year. I’m still learning them and they are still learning me. But we’re just a couple of little plays away from getting it together.”
Scott County scored two runs in the home half of the first inning, then scored twice more in the third frame.
Madison Southern wouldn’t get on the scoreboard until the sixth inning.
Trailing 4-0, Conner Buchanan got things going with a walk in the top of the sixth.
Andrew Evans and Lukas Owens followed that up with a pair of base hits to load the bases.
Chris Anderson then drew a walk, scoring Buchanan.
Lane Owen reached on a fielder’s choice to get Madison Southern within two runs at 4-2 when Evans touched home.
The Eagles drew another walk to load the bases with two outs, but Scott County shut down the potential rally with a strikeout.
Scott County returned fire with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning but Madison Southern wouldn’t go away and the Eagles tried to rally in the seventh to stay alive.
MSHS started off with another walk, this time by Easten Shouse, but the Cards got two Eagles to strikeout in a row after that.
Down to its last out, Evans roped a double up the middle scoring Shouse, but the Eagles couldn’t manage to keep things going.
In all Madison Southern left 10 batters on base, even though the Eagles outhit the Cardinals 5-4.
“We sure hope to get it figured out,” Hon said. “But right now we’re just not clicking yet.”
Anderson picked up the loss for Madison Southern on the mound. In his six innings of work, he only gave up four hits, but had seven walks to only one strikeout.
“Chris did a good job for us,” Hon said. “He’s had some control issues, but tonight he looked like he was starting to figure that out more. He’s a senior, so we’ll definitely need a lot of innings out of him this year. We’re trying to work out the bugs right now.”
Evans led the Eagles offensively, going 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Hon simply thinks his team needs more games under its belt to get things squared away.
“Being a first-year coach, with mainly freshman and sophomores, we’re trying to learn a lot,” Hon said. “It’s a whole new system, but it will catch on. We’ll get it eventually. Right now we’re just young and inexperienced.”
Madison Southern returns to action on Friday with a home game against Corbin High School. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.