The Kingwood Mustangs Baseball Team kicked off their 2015 season playing host to the annual Humble ISD Tournament. The tournament featured some of the top teams in Texas in Atascocita (#1 in Houston), Clear Creek, Cy Creek, and Flower Mound (#5 in Texas). Not featured in the rankings, Kingwood, who finished 4-2 in the tournament. Kingwood beat Clear Creek (#3 in Houston) 3-2 on a walk-off double to begin their season and beat Flower Mound, defending State Champs, 3-1 later that night. “This weekend we really became close as a team and I learned that we can be scary good, when we put it all together,” said St. Mary’s University commit Sam Wheatley.
In their game against Cypress Falls, Kingwood Pitcher Thomas Allison threw a no-hitter in his first career start. This came right after Mustangs Pitcher, Kevin Beckert, allowed only 2 hits against Tomball Memorial in their 12-1 rout of the Wildcats. “Our team is full of healthy competition. Every position is capable of starting many players, having depth is crucial to a state championship team, that’s what makes us special,” said Outfielder Joey Gennusa.
Kingwood will be playing in a new district this year, District 16-6A. The new district features 4 teams ranked in Houston’s Top 20: Atascocita (#1), College Park (#12), Oak Ridge (#14), and The Woodlands (#16). “I’m looking forward to playing in a district where we are able to compete and prove people wrong every game. Everyone is underrating us, but I know we can play with anybody,” said Wheatley.
After the Mustangs made it to the playoffs last year in District 13-5A, they suffered a crushing a defeat at the hands of Bryan High School (College Station) in the first round. Kingwood has not been to the State Tournament since 2005, when they won the 5A State Championship, but this years team will try and change that. “We understand many teams have come through and have been very good. We strive to be the best team to come through Kingwood and compete for the ultimate goal, the State Championship,” said Gennusa.
Written by Gabe Henderson