Madison-Grant advances to Sectional 39 semifinal with win over Eastern

On Thursday night in their Sectional 39 opener, the Madison-Grant Argylls put together a solid performance, riding a strong start from Nick Evans and some clutch hitting throughout the contest to come away with a 9-6 triumph over the Eastern Comets.

The Argylls got off to a strong start early, taking a four-run lead after the first inning of play.

“They were pumped up from the get-go,” Madison-Grant Head Coach Scott Haley said. “Our kids just jumped out on them quickly. That’s more runs than we have scored in the past two games. So that was a great thing to see.”

But Eastern methodically and meticulously cut into M-G’s lead, tying the game at 4-4 after the top of the fourth inning.

Madison-Grant, however, was not fazed. Over the fifth and sixth innings, the Argylls scored five unanswered runs – three of which came off of Evans’ first career home run.

Eastern put together a small rally, scoring two runs in the top of the seventh, but Cole Hasty shut the door, recording a strikeout for the final out of the contest.

Evans earned the win on the mound, pitching 6.1 innings and recording seven strikeouts.

“Nick – I couldn’t ask for more from Nick,” Haley said. “He just pitched his heart out.”

Seniors Dylan Brooks and Dillon Sneed combined for five of M-G’s nine hits, while Sneed and Evans each drove in three runs.

“We had great senior leadership from Sneed and Brooks – [and] the underclassmen just fed off of that,” Haley said. “Our dugout was pumped up the whole game. They were the loudest I’ve heard them in three years. The kids bought into it. They were excited and wanted to play.”

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