CONROE, TX — The 2015 softball season came to an end on Thursday night for the Lady Mustangs of Kingwood. They lost a tough 1-game playoff to district rival The Woodlands 7-2 in the UIL Region II Quarter-Finals. It was the third loss to the Lady Highlander this year as they fell to them 7-2 at The Woodlands, lost a 2-1 lead going into the final inning at home 4-2, and Thursday’s playoff loss.
Senior Ace P Ashley Johnson allowed a 2-out double in the 1st inning to Kaitlyn Stavinoha and then she walked Abby Langkamp. Johnson then retired 7 Highlanders in a row and was looking strong. Stavinoha led off the 4th with a single. Abby Langkamp followed in what would change the complex of the game. She hit a blooper off the end of her bat into left field that fell just in front of the Mustang LF Allie Gonzalez. The ball then took a strange bounce due to the wet conditions on the field-turf and trickled past Gonzalez. The speedy Langkamp took advantage of the rare occurrence and ended up with an inside-the-park Home Run. Johnson would retire the next 3 in order so the damage was minimal. In the 5th inning Johnson retired the first two batters and faced Aubrey Leach whom was 0-2 thus far. Leach placed a straight away single up the middle and reached base safely. Alayis Seneca then hit an RBI double and Stavinoha followed with an RBI triple and would later score in the inning. Kerry Martinez finished off the scoring in the 6th inning with a 2-run inside-the-park home run, the second one on the night for The Woodlands offense.
Through the first order of the lineup for the Mustangs they managed to only get a hit from Lindsey Gregory as The Woodlands Ace P Abby Langkamp looked to be in control. In the 5th inning, the Mustangs bats went to work. Brittney Bryson (1-3, R) hit a 1-out single and Makena Janis (1-2, BB, R) followed with a walk. Brooke Johnson came in to pinch hit grounding out to the right side but advancing both runners into scoring position at 2nd and 3rd. Sydney Dennis (2-4, 2 RBIs) then singled scoring both Bryson and Janis. Alex Colon hit a screamer into left field that looked like extra bases and another run, but The Woodlands LF Seneca made a tremendous catch that very well could have been the difference in momentum for the game. Kingwood got 3 hits in the final inning but was unable to get anyone home. The deficit was too much to overcome and Kingwood ultimately lost in the one-game playoff.
It was a very successful season for Kingwood as they were ranked 3rd in the state despite getting 3rd place in district 16-6A. They defeated the number one team in the state, Atascocita, twice this season with one of the wins in the finals of the Cy Fair Tournament. They are a couple of years removed from a state finals appearance and you can bet Coach Hendrix and her girls will be even more determined for a state title next year.
Written by Mark M Johnson