Riding high off a big win over rival Atascocita, the Kingwood Mustang baseball team had to prepare for a head on collision with District 21-5A leader, Baytown Sterling. Finishing off their first leg of district with a victory over the Rangers gave the Mustangs the lead in district and in momentum as they began their second leg of games. The usually sure hands and timely hitting that has characterized the Mustangs all season failed them in this contest, as Sterling took the win 9-2. Tied 1-1 after the first inning, Sterling exploded for five runs off of two Kingwood errors, punctuated by a grand slam off the bat of Sterling’s Chase Dempsay. The Mustangs managed only one more run when Geoff Perrot scored on a wild pitch. The Kingwood bullpen kept the game in check until Sterling added three more runs in the seventh inning to seal the game for good, solidifying their lead in District 21-5A. Thursday night the Mustangs visited the Ganders from Baytown Lee and that was just what the doctor ordered. In their first match-up, Kingwood squeaked by Lee 2-1, but a tight game was not in the cards the second time around. Kingwood pitching shut down the Gander bats and the Mustang offense took care of the rest. Timely hitting traveled with the team as they pounded out six runs and won the game 6-2. The win, coupled with an Atascocita loss to West Brook, has both teams at 5-3 in district. Winning the first head-to-head game gives the Mustangs the rights to second place and a showdown of their own with Beaumont West Brook Tuesday at Kingwood. Photo: Chris Churchwell has been a defensive anchor for the Mustangs, as well as an impressive bat at the plate. Photo by Wesley Orton

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