After throwing five consecutive postseason shutouts, the Kingwood Mustangs gave up two runs to Dickinson on Friday. That’s the bad news.
The only bad news, in fact, that the Mustangs have had to endure since coasting to the District 22-6A championship.
Here’s the good news, and there’s a lot of it. Kingwood rolled to a 17-2 win in that game, completing a sweep of Dickinson in the region quarterfinals. The Mustangs, 29-5-2 for the season and winners of 11 consecutive games and 21 of their last 22 games, are now headed to the Region III-6A semifinals for the first time since the 2007 season.
Kingwood takes on District 18-6A champions Lamar this week with a berth into the region finals on the line.
Masyn Winn threw a complete game three-hit shutout in a 6-0 win over Dickinson in the series opener on Thursday. Winn struck out 13 and led the Mustangs’ nine-hit attack with two of his own, including a homer, and two RBIs. Justin Long and Luke Johnson added two hits apiece while Tanner Evans drove in a run.
The Mustangs made it a complete sweep, scoring 11 runs in the first inning of Friday’s game before adding six more in the second, shortening the game to five innings via the run rule. Johnson delivered three hits and drove in three runs. Ryan Michie also had three of Kingwood’s 15 hits and Jake Byers knocked in three runs.