The Kingwood baseball team opened the 2019 season ranked No. 4 in the state by a Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association preseason poll.

The Mustangs blanked No. 6 state-ranked The Woodlands, 8-0, on Friday, Feb. 22 in the Humble Tournament. Ryan Michie threw the six-inning complete game two-hitter, striking out six.

The senior also had two of Kingwood’s 10 hits and drove in a run. Carter Amarantos and Sam Friday also collected two hits apiece while Justin Long and Matthew Wheatley each drew a pair of walks. Tre Richardson drove in two runs and Wheatley added another RBI.

It was Kingwood’s second shutout in its first four games of the season. Masyn Winn struck out 17 Klein Oak batters in tossing a two-hit complete game shutout as the Mustangs rolled 3-0 over the Panthers. Richardson belted a two-run homer to pace the offense. Long also contributed with two of Kingwood’s six hits, and Parker Hemphill added a double.

Kingwood won four straight to start the season after a 7-1 opening loss to Klein Collins. The Mustangs used a five-run sixth inning to run past Cy-Creek, 6-3, and also turned away Tomball Memorial, 7-3, behind three hits from Michie and two hits and two RBI from Julian Rodriguez.

Christopher Foster went the distance on the mound, striking out nine to pick up the win.

The Mustangs are at the Clear Creek Tournament, Thursday through Saturday, before hosting No. 9 state-ranked Atascocita at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in the District 22-6A opener.

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