The Kingwood Lady Mustangs forged a three way tie for first place in District 16-6A with a 4-3 win over the nationally ranked Atascocita Lady Eagles. Coming off an 18-0 shellacking of Conroe on Friday night, Kingwood led from start to finish scoring twice in the first, once in the second and again in the sixth. Allie Gonzalez’s lead-off homerun in the bottom of the sixth backed the complete game performance of Kingwood pitcher Ashley Johnson.
Kingwood jumped on Atascocita starter Shelby McGlaun for two runs in their first at bat. Lead-off hitter Sydney Dennis drew a walk and Lindsay Gregory reached on an error before Lacey Gregory’s single loaded the bases with and set the stage for Gonzalez. The Lady Mustang’s left fielder wasted little time blooping a two out, two run single over third base. Kingwood added another two out run in the second off the bat of Alex Colon.
Meanwhile, despite their opportunities, Atascocita could not cash in against Johnson. The Lady Eagles had runners in scoring position in the first and could not score. Johnson escaped danger in the third striking out Atascocita’s Kaitlyn Washington with the bases loaded.
In the fifth, Atascocita got to Johnson. Megan Calfee ripped a 2-1 offering into the left-center field gap for a one out triple. Lead-off hitter Madison Emswiler followed with a walk. The junior center fielder reach safely in all four of her plate appearances. Jamalya Miller laid down a misplayed bunt scoring Calfee with Atascocita’s first run. Two batters later, McGlaun’s rbi single scoring Emswiler drew the Lady Eagles to within a run at 3-2.
“There were several momentum shifts,” said Kingwood head coach Lauren Hendrix. “We came in towards the bottom of fifth and they shut us down and they had the momentum having just scored a couple of runs. I am proud of my kids for fighting back and finishing the game.”
After McGlaun worked a 1-2-3 fifth, Atascocita threatened in the top of sixth. With runners at first and third and two outs, Kingwood catcher Alex Colon faked a strong throw to second and then gunned down Atascocita’s Megan Calfee on a delayed steal from third to end the inning.
The home half of the sixth saw what would prove to be the game winner. Facing a 1-2 count, Gonzalez drove McGlaun’s next offering over the left field fence for 4-2 lead and knocked the Atascocita ace from the game.
Johnson took to the circle in the seventh giving up a one out home run to Alyssa Contreras before getting McGlaun on a fly to right and Washington to left.
“This team is always our biggest game just because of the rivalry,” continued Hendrix. “They are just an awesome team and they rank number one on the state and we respect them, highly respect them. It’s just a great win.”
The win moves Kingwood to 21-5 overall and 9-2 in district play. Atascocita falls 20-3 overall and 9-2 in district play.
Written by: Lou Roesch