MADILL — With the winter weather slowly leaving the area, baseball season was in full-swing Thursday at Madill high School.

MADILL — With the winter weather slowly leaving the area, baseball season was in full-swing Thursday at Madill high School. 

Hosting the Red River Shoot-Out, with teams visiting from southern Oklahoma and Texas, the Wildcats played the Bonham Warriors (Texas) to start their tournament.

After jumping out to an early lead, the Wildcats could not hold on and fell 12-2 in six innings.

Wildcats head coach Frank Thompson knows this will be a season of learning for his young squad.

“We hit the ball and put it in play and got hits at the right time early,” Thompson said. “Late in the ballgame we weren’t swinging the bat as well, pulling everything instead of putting the ball in play. That is youth, we are a young ball club. We just got to get a little bit better at staying in there and continuing doing what we were doing and go.”

The Wildcats jumped out early, with lead off batter Bret McDaniel hitting a double to start the game. Case Coble quickly brought McDaniel home with an RBI single to give the Wildcats an 1-0 lead. After Coble swiped second and third, Starting pitcher Ethan Nixon brought him home with a sacrifice fly to put the wildcats in front 2-0.

Nixon pitched two strong innings to start the game before the Warriors put two on the scoreboard in the third. 

In the top of the third Austin Lewis reached base with a single, but that was all the Wildcats would get offensively.

The Warriors took the lead in the bottom of the third scoring two more off Nixon. Nixon was pulled later in the game and replaced by McDaniel. 

The Warriors would add two more in the fourth, four in the fifth and four in the sixth. The game was called in the seventh inning.

The Wildcats will host Calisburg (TX) tonight at 7:30 p.m. in their second game of the Red River Shoot-out.