Madill’s Gage Goff tossed a complete game three-hitter to help the Wildcats battle back into their district showdown with Lone Grove, defeating the Longhorns 6-1 in Thursday’s second game.


Madill’s Gage Goff tossed a complete game three-hitter to help the Wildcats battle back into their district showdown with Lone Grove, defeating the Longhorns 6-1 in Thursday’s second game.

Lone Grove took the first game 4-3, but Madill’s win forces a decisive third game this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. at Longhorn Field.
Goff used 112 pitches, fanned six and allowed seven walks passes in the win.

Madill (17-9) took the lead in the top of the first. Four free passes by starter Ryan Gibson and two Longhorn errors allowed the Wildcats to score three. The Longhorns found themselves playing catch-up the rest of the game, and Goff would not allow that to happen.

“The pitchers on both sides threw great games today,” Madill coach Randy Rushing said. “I know that one good team will be forced to stay at home after tomorrow’s game because of the way the district playoff was structured. Both these teams are good teams. It should turn out to be a great baseball game on Friday.”

Lone Grove (17-12) scored its only run in the bottom of the third. Goff walked Romulo Jimenez and Justin Willis with one out, and Jacob McClennahan singled to short right to load the bases. Gibson drew a walk that scored Jimenez to make it a 3-1 game. The Longhorns missed a huge opportunity to get back in the game, but they left the bases loaded.

The Wildcats got that run back in the top of the fourth when Holden Cass walked, stole second, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Jackson Clement’s sacrifice fly to center. Madill added two in the top of the seventh for insurance runs.

“We came out flat in our second game after playing well in the first game,” Lone Grove coach Jeremy Turner said. “They did some things early in the last game to put pressure on us, and we were not prepared to handle it. You just cannot give a good team like Madill any breaks, because they will make you pay.”

Jake Vinson was 1-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored for the Wildcats. Clement had an RBI and scored two runs without an official at-bat, and Holden Cass scored two runs. Boo Escobedo and Shadow Marris got the other two Madill hits.

Willis, McClennahan and Gibson had the three Longhorns’ hits. Willis’ hit was a double in the fifth.

Lone Grove 4, Madill 3

Lone Grove pushed across two runs in the bottom of the fifth, and the Longhorns’ defense kept Madill off the board in the final two frames in Lone Grove’s 4-3 win over the Wildcats in game 1 of their Class 4A regional on Thursday.

Ryan Gibson came on in the top of the third inning to pitch, and he worked the Longhorns out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam. He relieved starter Dylan Neher and pitched the final 4 2/3 innings to record the win. Holden Cass went the distance in defeat for Madill.

The Longhorns took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth. Madill was clinging to a 3-2 lead when Lone Grove rallied, as a single by Romulo Jimenez scored Jaz Long with the tying run. Jimenez took second on the outfield throw-in to home. A single by Justin Willis brought Jimenez around to score what proved to be the game-winning run.

Madill had a chance in the top of the seventh when Jackson Clement singled to lead things off. Jake Vinson hit a hard roller up the middle that Jimenez, the Lone Grove shortstop, ran down across second base. Jeminez turned an unassisted double play to halt the Wildcat rally, and Gibson struck out Joe Avery to end the game.

Boo Esobedo and Cass both doubled for Madill. Jimenez had two hits, including a double, for the Longhorns.