Kingwood’s best baseball season in more than a decade came to an end last weekend. The Mustangs fell to Ridge Point in a Region III-6A finals playoff series.
A pair of one-run losses, the first in extra innings, brought the curtain down on a 30-win season.
Playing in its first region finals since 2007, Kingwood rolled to a 31-7-2 record in 2019. But it is Ridge Point (32-4-1), with a 6-5 win in eight innings followed by a 3-2 win on Friday, that moves on to the state tournament.
The Mustangs, who last won a state championship in 2005, could not hold a 5-1 lead in the series opener on Thursday. Tre Richardson drove in three runs and Luke Johnson added another RBI as Kingwood broke a 1-1 tie with a run in the third inning and three more in the fourth.
But Ridge Point, making its first-ever region finals appearance, tied it with a four-run fifth inning. The Panthers won it in extra innings with a run in the top of the eighth.
Kingwood’s Jake Byers scored the game’s first run. He opened the second inning with a walk and moved into scoring position on consecutive singles by Tanner Evans and Justin Long before scoring on Richardson’s sacrifice fly.
The loss broke a 13-game win streak for the Mustangs, who had won 23 of their last 24 games.
Ridge Point jumped out to a 3-0 lead on the Mustangs in Game 2 at the University of Houston’s Schroeder Park. Kingwood answered with a pair of runs in the fifth inning. Byers singled and scored the Mustangs’ first run before Tanner Evans, who walked, crossed the plate on a Carter Amarantos single.
Lefthander Ryan Michie worked six strong innings for the Mustangs, allowing just three hits.