Home runs by Alerick Soularie and Matt Willrodt powered the Atascocita Eagles past the Kingwood Mustangs 10-0 on Friday night in Kingwood. Atascocita starter Anthony Pagano evened his record against the Mustangs at 1-1 this season with the win.
Chris Petsch, the Eagles lead-off hitter, reached on an error to open the visitor’s opening half of the first. Jay Anderson replaced Petsch on a fielder’s choice and was promptly thrown out on attempted steal by Kingwood catcher Sam Wheatley. What appeared to have gotten Mustang starter, Thomas Allison in a position to get out of the first unscathed was short-lived. Pagano singled with two outs and Soularie, the Eagles catcher, pounded the first of his two hits over the left-centerfield fence for a 2-0 Eagles’ lead. The sophomore backstop finished the night 2 for 3 with 4 rbi’s.
The home half of the first saw the Mustangs threaten but Pagano and the Eagles got out it. Chase Evans reached on an infield before being gunned down by Soularie, before Travis French and Eric Moll walked. Pagano hit Gould to load the bases. The Eagles lefty settled down to strike out Connor Smith to end the inning.
Atascocita exploded for a seven run second to knock Allison from the game after just an inning and two-thirds. An rbi single by Josh Martinez and a two more run Mustangs miscue made it 5-0. A Soularie double scored two more sending Allison to the showers. Grant Adams relieved Allison and Willrodt drilled a 1-2 pitch over the left field wall for a two run shot and a 9-0 lead. Batting in the fifth hole, the junior outfielder finished the night with two hits, three rbi’s and a run scored.
Meanwhle, the Eagles senior left-hander was busy silencing the Mustangs bats on just three hits over six innings. Wheatley singled in the second with one out and Luke Boyd was hit by another Pagano pitch but Kingwood could not capitalize. Second baseman Robert Hammersmith collected Kingwood’s final hit of the night in the Mustang fifth.
Adams, a 6’0” 160 junior, pitched well following Willrodt’s shot giving up one run over the over three innings but Kingwood could not dent the plate against Pagano.
Taylor Battle, a senior right-hander took the hill in the sixth for Kingwood. Jay Anderson greeted him with an inning opening single. Three batters later, the Eagles’ second baseman scored when Willrodt scorched an 0-2 pitch into left field for a double.
Kingwood fell to 12-11 on the season with two games left to play. The Mustangs will travel to College Park on April 28th before closing out District 16-6A against The Woodlands on Friday, May 1, 2015.
Written by: Louis Roesch