In a huge weekend in which both the Kingwood Park Panthers baseball and softball teams played tough, tight games, one team saw its season ended while another continues on.
On the baseball side, after dispatching Lumberton in a one- game playoff, the Kingwood Park Panthers took on the Tornadoes of Galveston Ball, and battled hard in both games.
In fact, the first game was a classic pitcher’s duel, in which Kingwood Park’s pitching was spectacular.
Unfortunately for the Panthers baseball team, Galveston Ball is moving on, thanks to a 1-0, 10-inning win last Thursday night and then a 6-2 win Friday in Galveston.
In the Thursday night game, Kingwood Park starter Peyton Lero was spectacular. He went nine innings, allowing just four hits and three men in scoring position. And, in five of his last seven innings, he set the Ball lineup down in order.
However, the Tornadoes were able to keep the Panthers away from that one big hit, even though Park put two men on in both the eighth and ninth innings.
Then, in the 10th, Austin Lawrence’s triple put Ball ahead for good, and the Panthers went down in order in the bottom half.
In the second game, Ball jumped on Garrison Taska and the Panthers early, and Dylan Whitehurst pitched a complete game as Ball won 6-2 to advance to play Crosby in the next round.
However, while one team’s season ended, another continues.
The Panthers softball team advanced this past weekend, this time to the 5A Region III semifinals for the first time ever, and it advanced with a series win over Crosby.
After the teams split the first two games in Kingwood Park, the third game was a tight pitcher’s duel.
And fortunately for the Panthers, Ronni Grofman was on the right end of it. Her two hit shutout led the Panthers to a 1-0 win. The Panthers now face Willis in the regional semifinal round.
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