With slightly warmer temperatures and the smell of hot dogs in the air, you know it’s time for baseball season. This was certainly the case Tuesday, March 19, as the Kingwood Park Panthers faced off against the Tomball Cougars in a 5A Region III District 20 matchup that was sure to be close from the beginning.

The Cougars and the Panthers did not disappoint as the game started with both teams going down in order with three up and three down through the first inning. However, it was in the top of the second when the score would change as a throwing error by A.J. Gonzalez allowed Cougar Casen Newmann to reach second base with nobody out. This brought to the plate Eli Kerim, who grounded out in a 4-3 put out, which then allowed Gonzalez to advance to third with only one out.

It was Mitchell Aitken that got credited with the sacrifice fly to left, as Newmann scored the game’s first run for the Cougars. The score held until the top of the fourth when the Cougars scored one more run to make the final score 2-0, walking away with a close victory to move themselves into first place as they are now tied with Porter at 4-0 in district.

Kingwood Park, after winning against New Caney on Saturday, March 23, now sits at 2-2 in district and sixth in the rankings. Kingwood Park’s next game is against Porter on Tuesday, March 26. Tomball also plays on Tuesday against New Caney.

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