April 28 - No. 1 Madison took another step closer to clinching the top seed in the 6A Conference 6 Tournament with a 13-0 win at South Lakes last night in Reston.
The Warhawks (17-1 overall, 11-1 conference) have now won 17 games in a row and can clinch their league's top seed and automatic North Region Tournament berth with a win on Tuesday against Langley, a team they beat 22-0 earlier in the season.
“We are in phase two of conference play and our focus tonight was to get that 11th win in conference and these guys met the challenge,” Madison coach Mark 'Pudge' Gjormand said. “I thought we were real patient at the plate and had some really good at-bats.”
Third baseman Joey Goldsmith gave the Warhawks an early lead with a three-run home run in the first inning. The senior went 2-for-3 with two runs. Senior outfielder Jack Kidd also had two hits and three RBI, and the magazine's reigning Player of the Week now has nine hits in his last five games.
“Early on in the season he was hitting everything right at guys. I just told him to stay with it and everything now he is either squaring up or it’s finding a hole,” Gjormand said of Kidd. “He’s getting in the box and feeling relaxed and confident.”
“My approach honestly has been not think about anything at the plate,” Kidd said. “Keeping my mind clear just keeps me calm.”
Senior Ryan Kopka allowed just one hit over four scoreless innings and sophomore lefty Matt Howat recorded the final three outs with two strikeouts. The combined shutout was the Warhawks' fourth in five games.
"Our arms are as equally good as our hitters with me and three other guys that can all start and finish a game with a goose egg," Kopka said.
South Lakes sophomore Braden Huebsch was reached for six runs (four earned) in 1.2 innings. His older brother, senior outfielder Aaron Huebsch, had the Seahawks' lone hit.
Notable: Kidd extended his hitting streak to 10 games, and is batting .500 (14-for-28) with 12 RBI in that span. … Madison's Kyle Novak now has 10 RBI in his last five games, and the Warhawks have scored 55 runs over that span. … The Warhawks pitching staff has allowed just two hits over the past two games. … The Seahawks will hope to get junior right-hander Josh Taylor back from an arm injury next week. ... South Lakes currently sits 2.5 games behind second-place Langley.
Quotable: “It was nice for our young arms to get some experience against a good team, but at the end of the day our at-bats weren’t good enough, our defense wasn’t good enough and we put too many guys on base, and against a team like that you can’t make those types of mistakes because they take advantage of it.” - South Lakes coach Morgan Spencer.
Next: Madison will host Langley on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. … South Lakes will play today at home against Yorktown at 1 p.m.