Madison opened the fall baseball season with a 6-2 win over visiting Brashear on Tuesday.
Senior Jimmy Layton stuck 16 batters over six innings, while giving up two earned runs. Layton’s bat was hot, with a home run and a double – and three runners knocked across the plate. Landon Hathaway and Tyler Buck also hammered homeruns. It was Buck’s first.
“You never know what you are going to get the first game of the year. You spend a lot of time preparing and you can think you know what to expect but until you see kids in a game setting you just don't know. I thought we pitched well and Tyler Wandrey did a great job behind the plate,” said coach Bryant Jones. “Our defense made some solid plays but will have to improve. Offensively I'm happy with the three home runs but we never had that many base runners. We can do a better job of giving ourselves more scoring chances.”
Jones said that the Panthers got top early and controlled the game for the first four innings.
“We jumped out early and grabbed the momentum and held it for the first four innings. However, we didn't keep the pedal down and I felt like we let up a bit down the stretch. We will need to get better at competing every single pitch regardless of the situation, so we finish games stronger,” he said.
Madison hosts Glasgow on Tuesday.