Last Sunday’s snowstorm did a number on Madison County High School’s baseball schedule.
Madison County (1-0) will play five games over the next seven days between make-up games and regularly scheduled contests as the team re-emerges from the winter weather hiatus.
The Raiders face Jefferson today (5:55 p.m.) on the road, Stephens County Friday (5:30 p.m.) at home, Brookwood Saturday (2 p.m.) on the road and Franklin County Monday (5:30 p.m.) on the road. The fifth game in that stretch is Madison County’s region opener Wednesday at home (5:30 p.m.) against second-ranked Heritage.
Raider coach Charlie Griffeth doesn’t mind the whirlwind schedule.
“The pitchers need to throw,” he said, noting the impending region schedule.
Madison County has played just once this season but looked sharp, clubbing Jefferson 8-0 in its season-opener Feb. 26.
Ethan Seagraves, Ben Morris and Matthew “Raybo” Robinson teamed up to throw a three-hit shutout as the Raiders cruised to an easy win over the Dragons, who moved up to Class AA this year.
Madison County broke the game open with six runs in the bottom of the third, highlighted by Bo Dalton’s two-run homer and Matthew Dean’s three-run triple.
Ian Drake enjoyed a 4-for-4 day at the plate, including an RBI triple in the first inning.
“We got good pitching, we got some clutch hitting and we played some great defense,” Griffeth said.
Of course, some rust might have accumulated after five days off the baseball diamond.
“We kind of feel we’re starting over with the layoff,” Griffeth said.
MADISON CO. 8, JEFFERSON 0
JHS 000 000 0 -- 0
MCHS 206 000 - -- 8
Hitting: Drake 4 hits (RBI 3B), Dalton 1 hit (HR), Turner 1 hit (3B), Dean (3-run 3B)
Pitching: Seagraves 4IP, 1H, 0R; Morris 2IP, 1H, 0R; Robinson 1IP, 1H, 0R