Madden throws one hit shut out - Strikes out career high 13

Austin Madden begins his senior season with a career performance.

New Haven, Mo. – Austin Madden threw a complete game, one hit shutout in New Haven’s 2-0 win over Calvary Lutheran in Friday’s season opener.  Madden finished with a career high 13 strikeouts while giving up just four walks, ending the game by strking out the side.

Ross Seitter led off with a single in New Haven’s bottom half of the first inning.  “Ross’s [Seitter] lead off single was a big confidence booster for us,” said Coach Jim Scheer.

After Madden struck out, Seitter picked up his first stolen base, placing him in scoring position.

Garrett Schonefeld smoked a line drive to deep centerfield for a standup double, knocking in Seitter to give New Haven a 1-0 lead.

Schonefeld would eventually score after Blake Eggars grounded out, advancing Shonefeld to third, then scoring the Shamrocks only other run in the game off a wild pitch and a 2-0 lead.

Ross Seitter lays down a bunt off the first pitch in the first inning with a lead off single.

“Garret [Shonefeld] put a great stroke on the ball to knock in Ross after he laid down a nice bunt for a single.”

Two runs was more than enough for Madden, retiring Calvary Lutheran’s first 11 batters before giving up his only hit in the fourth.

Madden had plenty of help behind him as New Haven’s defense was perfect in the field.

“When we needed to make plays we made them.  Blake [Eggars] had to come off the bag at first a few times and made couple nice plays…Kyle Ruediger made a tough catch in centerfield and Dylan Goodwin made a great  catch running in right field.”

After the first inning New Haven left the bases loaded twice, once in the third and then again loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth.  New Haven left a total of 10 runners stranded, which Scheer said, “Was a little disappointed with the number of runners we left on but we haven’t seen much “live arm” pitching and being the first game.  Overall, pleased with how the kids played.”

New Haven will travel to Wellsville on Monday and the beginning of a long week as the Four Rivers Baseball Classic kicks off on Tuesday.

Tuesday New Haven will host Pacific followed by traveling to Wright City on Wednesday.  All games start at 4:30 p.m.

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