In an up-and-down District 21-5A baseball season, the Barbers Hill Eagles and Crosby Cougars have been the class of the district so far.
However, after the first two spots, anything is up for grabs playoff wise. And in a pack of five teams vying for the last two playoff spots are the Kingwood Park Panthers and Humble Wildcats.
The Kingwood Park Panthers, while in that pack of five teams, have won three of their last four and picked up a huge win Friday night against one of the two top district teams.
That win was an 8-1 decision over Crosby, keyed by a terrific outing from starter Peyton Lero. Lero didn’t surrender a hit till the fourth inning and went the distance while holding Crosby’s offense in check.
Meanwhile, the Panthers offense used a big third inning to turn a close game into a decisive lead. They scored five runs in the inning, including a pair of huge RBI base hits by Bret Jones and Garrison Taska. That inning turned a 1-0 game into a 6-0 game and basically put the game out of reach early on.
The win Friday allowed the Panthers a split with Crosby; the Cougars beat Kingwood Park 2-0 at Crosby last Tuesday night.
The Panthers moved to 5-4 in district play with the split, currently just outside 21-5A’s top four.
This week, the Panthers will take on Dayton; they will play in Dayton Tuesday night and the return match will be Friday at Kingwood Park.
Elsewhere in 21-5A, the Humble Wildcats baseball team continued to keep its steady hold on a playoff berth after a pair of games against Dayton.
Though the Broncos came to Humble last Tuesday night and left with a 7-1 victory, the Wildcats returned the favor Friday night in Dayton with a 7-0 victory of their own. The split moved the Wildcats to 6-3 in district play, and they have won six of their last seven district games.
This week, the Wildcats take on New Caney. The two teams play at Humble Tuesday, then head to New Caney Friday night.