WHITESBORO, Texas — For the second straight day, the Madill Wildcats found themselves within striking distance late on against a team from the Lone State State.

WHITESBORO, Texas — For the second straight day, the Madill Wildcats found themselves within striking distance late on against a team from the Lone State State.

Unfortunately, the Wildcats once again were stopped short of claiming a hard fought victory, as they were forced to settle for fourth place at the Red River Bash Saturday afternoon, with a 3-1 defeat against the Bonham Purple Warriors.

Bonham got on the board with a two-run home run to left field in the bottom of the second, and then a moment of confusion and controversy possibly robbed Madill of a chance to cut the lead in half in the fourth inning.

Following a strikeout, Bonham proceeded to leave the field under the impression it was the third out of the inning. 

However, Madill baserunner Devon Chapa alertly knew there were only two outs, as he dashed his way from first base all the way to third base.

After about 10 minutes of conversation between umpires and coaches from both teams, it was determined that there were only two outs following the strikeout.

Unfortunately, the umpires ruled Chapa had to return to first base, despite Bonham leaving the field.

The Wildcats weren’t able to plate a run in the inning, but the controversy spurred them on, and Madill didn’t allow another run until the sixth inning.

Bret McDaniels though had other ideas for the Wildcats in the fifth as he smacked his first home run of the season over the left field fence, giving Madill a chance at 2-1.

Bonham though would get an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth to make it 3-1.

Ethan Nixon took the loss on the mound for Madill, throwing two innings of work. He allowed two runs on three hits with one walk and four strikeouts.

Chap threw 3 1/3 innings of relief for the Wildcats, allowing just one run on two hits with five strikeouts.

Madill (2-3) will be on the road Monday in district play against Blanchard beginning at 5 p.m.

The teams will play the return leg of the district series Tuesday afternoon at Madill.

The Wildcats will then have five days off before playing a district doubleheader at home against the Byng Pirates at Noon and 2 p.m. on March 18.

A game against Marietta will then follow on March 22.