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Kingwood makes quick work of error-prone Rayburn in 13-0 romp

March 15, 2019

Despite an umpire’s admission that he made a mistake on a call at first base, it was still a poor first inning by Sam Rayburn’s defense.

The Texans defense committed four first-inning errors and for a strong team like Kingwood that’s all the Mustangs needed to pave their way to an easy 13-0 District 22-6A rout at Maguire Field Thursday afternoon.

It was a meeting of 2-0 clubs, but there was no hint that this was a battle to see which team would remain tied for the 22-6A lead.

Kingwood’s aggressive base-stealing tactics led the team to successfully steal 10-of-11 bases, including four by leadoff hitter Tre Richardson, who went 2-for-3 at the plate and scored twice.

The meat of Kingwood’s batting order enjoyed a 6-for-8 afternoon just in the opening two innings alone when the team batted around both innings and staked starting and winning pitcher Sam Friday to a 9-0 advantage.

But starting with the umpire calling Richardson safe when the shortstop’s throw to first clearly beat the runner, Rayburn’s woes just snowballed from there.

“The umpire admitted he blew a call. That happened and then our pitcher did a poor job of fielding his position and that’s why he only threw 16 pitches. It wasn’t because he threw the ball bad. I didn’t think they banged it around the yard. But when we made mistakes, they made us pay for those mistakes,” Sam Rayburn head coach Joey Grochett said.

Jose Perez, en route to suffering the loss on the mound, committed two of the four first-inning errors and was quickly pulled after just four batters in favor of Mario Garcia, who lasted until the fourth when Brooks Reynolds mopped up for the final 12/3 innings.

In addition to Richardson, scoring twice during the opening two innings had Carter Amarantos, Masyn Winn and Luke Johnson doing the damage.

Johnson stroked a two-RBI triple in the second, scoring on a Tanner Evans single for the 9-0 lead.

Amarantos, Winn and Grant Evans each drove in a run in either innings one or two. Kingwood also pulled off the double steal that led to a first-inning run as Johnson and Tanner Evans did the honors.

Sam Rayburn was held to one hit for the five-inning game and Brandon Trevino had it in the first inning, a ball he deposited into no-man’s land in right field.

Kingwood’s defense also turned two double plays, one in the first and the other in the third.

“It’s not really about Kingwood. It’s about Sam Rayburn. Win, lose or draw, we’ve got to play better,” Grochett said.

The two teams play again in Kingwood on Tuesday.

ravery@hcnonline.com