Madison College baseball continues to improve

Coach sees positive signs from team, hopes best is yet to come


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Madison College’s Carson Carmody attempts to dodge the tag on a play at the plate against Kishwaukee College at home on March 28. Madison College lost the game, 8-5.

Bailey Ayres, Sports Editor

By beating in-state rival Milwaukee Area Technical College in both games of a doubleheader on April 3, the Madison College baseball team drew closer to a .500 record.

After the pair wins, the WolfPack stands at 10-11 overall and 5-1 in the North Central Community College Conference.

Madison College coach Mike Davenport said he sees continued improvement from his team.

“We have many new players on this year’s team, so we are definitely a work in progress,” Davenport said. “This is a very talented group.”

Davenport has set up individual goals for each player, they include: being a good teammate, representing yourself, the program and the college in a good manner, and compete.

“Show up with a plan today to be better than yesterday,” he said. “Invest in the process of growth and improvement. Evaluate and adjust your plan if needed.”

Davenport has also created one goal for the whole team, “to be playing our best by the end of the season.”

In the doubleheader against Milwaukee, the WolfPack showed just how well it can hit. Madison College record double-digit hits in both wins.

In the first game, Madison College won, 8-2, after posting 10 hits in the game.     Chris Lund, Ty Jandrowski and Ryan Makuski each had two hits for the WolfPack. Lund scored twice and hit a double.

Three Madison College pitchers held Milwaukee to just two runs on three hits.

The second game saw more of the same as Madison College won 14-4, scoring their runs on 14 hits and six errors by Milwaukee.
Nick Kanavas had three hits, scoring three runs and driving in two. Lund also had three hits in the game, including a double.

Hank Schau pitched the win, allowing four runs on eight hits in four innings.

Triton College 3, Madison College 2
Two runs weren’t enough for Madison College as the WolfPack lost the first game of a doubleheader, 3-2, at Triton College on March 29.

Ty Jandrowski and Simon Maurice both had two hits to lead Madison College, but the team got only two other hits in the game.

Madison College 17, Triton College 2
Madison College’s bats came alive in the second game of the doubleheader, with the WolfPack posting a 17-2 victory over Triton College in five innings.

The team had 16 hits as Ryan Makuski, Nate Schmidt and Drew Steinmetz each had three hits in the game. Schmidt hit a home run while Makuski and Steinmetz both added doubles.

Clayton Uselman pitched the win allowing two runs on four hits. Both runs were unearned.

Kishwaukee College 8, Madison College 5
After rallying with five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game, Madison College allowed three runs in the top of the ninth to lose to Kishwaukee College, 8-5, on March 28.

Kian O’Brien had three hits for the WolfPack, including a home run and a double. Chris Lund was the only other Madison College player with multiple hits in the game.

Kishwaukee won the game with a three-run home run off of reliever Jared Horton in the top of the ninth inning.

Madison College 7, Harper College 0
Brandon Parr allowed just four hits in seven innings as Madison College scored a 7-0 victory in the first game of a doubleheader with Harper College on March 26. Parr struck out five batters and walked just three in the victory.

Ryan Makuski, Bryce Plate and O’Brien each had two hits for the WolfPack. Makuski, Chris Lund, Trevor Tunison and Zach Bailey each hit doubles in the game.

Madison College 14, Harper College 0
Alex Haluzak pitched a three hit shutout as Madison College posted a 14-0 five inning victory over Harper College on March 26. Harper College committed eight errors in the game that led to seven Madison College runs.

Chris Lund led all Madison College batters with three hits, including a double. O’Brien scored three runs after reaching base on a single, walk and being hit by a pitch.