Going into any season, the players realize that it has to end at some point. Just like any sport, you fight through the regular season hoping to make it to the playoffs where anything goes. Once in the playoffs, a little grit here and some magic there and you could find yourself on the brink of a magical season. Such was the case for Kingwood, who had some magic of their own finishing district tied for second place and making a run deep into the playoffs. After a tense, three-game series against nationally-ranked Langham Creek, the Mustangs stampeded into the regional final against the Bobcats. After giving up the early lead in game one of the best-of-three series, Kingwood fought hard to get back in the game. David Tittle singled in Kingwood’s first run after a sacrifice bunt by Jordan Brewster moved the runner into scoring position. Down 3-1 headed into the bottom of the third inning, a couple of errors by the Bobcats allowed the Mustangs to load the bases, but they were only able to bring run home, making the score 3-2. Cy-Fair star Robbie Grossman struck again two innings later as he knocked in the fourth Bobcat run and added some insurance to their small lead. Kingwood scored one more run in the bottom of the seventh inning, but Brewster struck out to the end the game 4-3, giving the edge to Cy-Fair. “We didn’t execute when we had the chance,” coach David Denny said. “We can’t leave the bases loaded, miss bunts and get picked off the bases and expect to win a game against a team that is this good.” The emotional loss of game one didn’t seem to phase the Mustangs as they came out swinging and attacked the Bobcats early. Consecutive singles by Brewster, Tittle, Brad Evans and Mike Pierce paved the way as an error and RBI single by Ryan Grundy gave the Mustangs a 4-0 lead before Cy-Fair even came to the plate. The Bobcats came through with a big inning of their own and actually took a one run lead after sending 10 men to the plate in the bottom of the first. A big inning like that can take the air out of any team and that is what happened to the Mustangs. Kingwood tied the game in the second, 5-5, but helplessly watched Cy-Fair explode in the third inning and seal their fate, one series win away from their third trip to state in the last four years. Cy-Fair scored their 16th run in the bottom of the fifth, ending Kingwood’s season on a run-rule, 16-6. The Mustangs' senior-laden team fought valiantly all season and came up just short, but can still hold their heads high and focus on the 2008 season. Photo: Kingwood players and coaches gather together as their season ended at the hands of the Cy-Fair Bobcats. Photo by Wesley Orton

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