The Madison College baseball team is off to a 5-1 start in North Central Community College Conference play and is in prime position to be a contender for the conference title.
Only four games remain in conference play. Madison College travels to Harper College on April 24 for two games, then hosts Joliet Junior College for a doubleheader on May 1.
Madison College hasn’t played Harper yet this season, but the Hawks are only 1-17-1 at this point.
Joliet may be the bigger challenge. Madison College split a doubleheader with Joliet in a non-conference match up earlier this year and Joliet has a 15-23 record.
With an overall record of 20-8, the WolfPack has won 13 of its last 15 games and has been getting some strong performances both offensively and defensively.
Morton College 2, Madison College 0
A scoreless tie was broken in the top of the ninth inning, when Morton College scored twice and claimed the 2-0 win when Madison College failed to score in the bottom half of the inning. Both teams had four hits in the game.
Madison College 17, Rock Valley 5
A five-run fourth inning gave Madison College a commanding 8-1 lead on its way to a 17-5 victory at Rock Valley College in the first game of a doubleheader on April 17. Zach Storbakken had three hits including a home run, while Jake Nelson had four hits and scored four times.
Madison College 12, Rock Valley 9
Another big inning lifted Madison College to a 12-9 victory in the second game with Rock Valley, as the WolfPack scored seven runs in the fifth inning to take a 12-7 lead. Gunnar Doyle, Logan Mantz and Brady Jurgella all hit home runs. Doyle, Storbakken and Gabe O’Brien each had three hits.
Madison College 3, Carl Sandburg College 1
Despite being out-hit 9-4, Madison College pulled off a 3-1 victory over visiting Carl Sandburg College in the first game of a doubleheader on April 16. Brady Jurgella hit a home run for the WolfPack, while O’Brien and Storbakken added doubles.
Madison College 13, Carl Sandburg College 0
A seven-run second inning powered Madison College past Carl Sandburg College, 13-0, in the second game. The WolfPack had 13 hits in the game, led by shortstop Taiten Manriquez, who had four hits and three RBIs. Jack McNeil pitched the win, surrendering just one hit.
Madison College 7, College of DuPage 3
A three-run home run in the first inning by Zach Storbakken and a two-run second inning propelled Madison College to a 7-3 win over the College of DuPage in the first game of a home doubleheader on April 12. Jake Nelson and Nathan Ebersole both added two hits in the game.
College of DuPage 1, Madison College 0
Madison College was limited to just three hits in the second game, losing to College of DuPage, 1-0. DuPage only had four hits, but two of those came in the third inning when they scored the game’s only run.
Madison College 7, South Suburban College 2
Visiting Madison College rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the fifth inning to beat South Suburban College, 7-2, in the first game of an April 11 doubleheader. Eduardo Saucedo led Madison College with two hits and scored twice.
Madison College 5, South Suburban College 3
Although South Suburban College broke up the shutout with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, Madison College held on for a 5-3 victory. Ryan Hubley led Madison College with three hits, while Doyle and Maguire Fitzgerald both added two hits.