In final spring break assignment, Kingwood coasts past Sam Rayburn 13-0

March 15, 2019

PASADENA - Two days after opening District 22-6A play with a sweep of rival Atascocita, there could have been a far greater opponent waiting for Kingwood’s varsity baseball when it got off the bus at Maguire Field.

Yes, Spring Breakitis, the mere name sends chills down a coach’s spine and often keeps them up at night. But the malady, which mysteriously only affects teams during spring break, never affected the Mustangs all week and especially Thursday afternoon.

Kingwood stole 10-of-11 bases and batted around in both the first and second innings as the Mustangs clobbered Sam Rayburn 13-0 in a 22-6A mauling Thursday afternoon.

The contest was stopped in the fifth inning by the mercy rule.

It was a showdown of 2-0 clubs, but one would never know it based on Sam Rayburn’s poor defensive display in the first inning when the Texans committed four errors, two by starting and losing pitcher Jose Perez, who lasted just 16 pitches before getting yanked.

For a Thursday assignment, Kingwood pitcher Sam Friday looked pretty darn good. He pitched four innings to get the victory, allowing just one hit, a meekly-hit ball to no-man’s land in shallow right field.

But his defense turned two double plays, one in the first that erased Rayburn’s only hit and a 6-3 twin-killing in the third. Nick Luckett mopped up in the fifth.

Offensively, the one through four hitters went 6-for-8 with four RBIs and eight runs scored through two innings. Clean-up hitter Luke Johnson was 2-for-2 in the opening two innings. He tripled in the second, scoring two that upped the lead to 8-0.

In the first inning, a textbook double steal resulted in Johnson stealing home and Tanner Evans pilfering second. Evans, in the five slot, walked and singled, knocked in a run and scored once.

Kingwood scored five runs in the first and all were unearned. Tre Richardson, who accounted for four of the 10 stolen bases, scored in the first inning as did Carter Amarantos, Mason Winn and Evans along with Johnson.

Winn doubled home Amarantos, before Winn finished his tour of the bases when Rayburn’s first baseman let a ball glance off his glove.

The green light on the basepaths had the team enjoying a 4-for-4 effort for stolen bases in the first inning.

In the second inning, Richardson, Amarantos and Winn all singled, setting up Johnson’s triple to right center.

The coaching staff emptied the Mustang bench in the fourth, allowing Parker Hemphill, Chad Curtis, Cristian Trujillo and Julian Rodriguez to all score. All found the basepaths without one basehit.

After a run-scoring sacrifice fly by Chalin Dassau, Marcelo Ortega singled home Kingwood’s final two runs.

Kingwood goes for a 4-0 start to district when the same two teams meet Tuesday night on the Mustang diamond.

GAME NOTES: Three Rayburn pitchers walked eight batters but only three of the free passes scored. … Grant Evans, hitting seventh, stole two bases and collected an RBI. …The last time Kingwood High was in with the Pasadena ISD schools for a district baseball race (2001 and 2002), the Mustangs were led by such names as Seth Lastrapes, David Hoke, Scott Homann, Garrett Perkin, Lance Pendleton and J.B. Sowyrda. Lastrapes was named the 2001 MVP for his 6-0 record, 1.11 ERA and 67 strikeouts.