After a three-game series, the Kingwood Mustangs won the Division 5A Region III quarterfinals against the Dulles Vikings. Kingwood struck first in the best-of-three series with a 6-2 victory. Chris Churchwell, the Mustangs starting pitcher, pitched a complete game allowing only two runs on five hits with eight strikeouts. Kingwood scored early in the game as Mike Pierce’s RBI single scored David Tittle and Brad Evans in the first inning. The Vikings threatened in the second inning when the first two batters reached base on singles but were stranded thanks to clutch pitching by Churchwell. Rocky Prestifillipo started off the second inning for the Mustangs with a lead off double and reached third base after a Churchwell sacrifice bunt. Matt Brown worked a walk and with two runners on, Kingwood’s catcher, Jordan Brewster, blasted a three-run home run over the left-field fence, putting even more distance between the two teams, 5-0 in favor of the Mustangs. With the series tied 1-1, Kingwood finished the series with a 10-2 victory over the Vikings, but not before treating the fans of both teams to an intense game. In the bottom of the fifth inning, after a hit batsman, two walks and a Kingwood pitching change, the Vikings loaded the bases with only one out. Clint Stover, the Mustangs third pitcher of the game, induced a ground ball to second allowing a clutch 6-4-3 double play which proved to be a turning point for the Mustangs. After a sharp-hit single in the sixth by Brewster, Tittle smashed a two-run home run giving Kingwood a 3-2 lead. The Vikings surrendered seven more runs in the sixth inning, making the score 10-2. Next up for the Mustangs are the Langham Creek Lobos, who knocked out No. 1 ranked Katy over the weekend. Photo: Mike Pierce’s first inning single drove in two runs and set an early tone to the series. Photo by Wesley Orton

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