After losing a heartbreaking game one 5-4 to the Lobos of Langham Creek, Kingwood came home with revenge on their minds. Hoping to atone for costly running errors in the first game, the Mustangs found themselves with plenty of chances to run the bases in game two. The Lobos jumped on top early with a two-run first inning highlighted by a first-pitch home run. Kingwood answered emphatically with five runs of their own in the bottom of the first. Tying the score 2-2 with no outs, the Mustangs loaded the bases and cleared two of them on a single by Rocky Prestifilipo. Mike Pierce scored from third on a bunt single off Ryan Grundy’s bat capping the inning at 5-2. Chris Churchwell set the Lobos down easily in the second and Jordan Brewster upped the lead for Kingwood with a solo home run over the left field fence. A coreless third inning seemed to calm down the pace of the game, but Brewster would wake things up again in the fourth with a two run double to the right center gap pushing the Kingwood lead to 8-2. David Tittle followed with a single up the middle scoring Brewster who slid in ahead of the throw at the plate. Langham Creek chipped away at the lead with a homerun off the Mustang scoreboard in the top of the sixth, making the score 9-3. A two out double put pressure on Churchwell, but a pop out to Pierce quieted the threat. Kingwood finished their offensive onslaught with a sacrifice fly RBI in the bottom of the sixth, scoring their tenth run of the game. Churchwell took the mound in the top of the seventh and struck out the first batter. Langham Creek’s hero from last night’s game, Austin Freitas connected on a solo homer closing their gap to 10-4. After the home run coach David Denny brought in Brett Stillwell to hammer in the final two nails in the Lobo’s coffin. Langham Creek loaded the bases with two outs and brought everyone home on a grand slam tightening the score, 10-8. Clint Stover climbed the hill hoping to finish the drama and induced a ground out to third guaranteeing a winner take all game for a chance to advance to the regional finals. “Langham Creek is a good team,” Coach Denny said. “They crawled back in the game yesterday and today, but we did what we needed to to get the job done. Churchwell pitched a great game and our guys hit the ball when it counted most.” One more game like this one and Kingwood will be one step away from the state final four. Photo: Jordan Brewster rounds third on his way to home after belting a home run in the second inning. Photo by Wesley Orton

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