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Winn’s grand slam helps Kingwood smash South Houston 14-4

March 25, 2019

SOUTH HOUSTON - If the Pasadena ISD baseball camps don’t find a way to slow down Kingwood soon, the Mustangs will be celebrating the 22-6A title before the Easter bunny arrives.

But through two assignments of PISD competition, it hasn’t been pretty.

Saturday afternoon, Kingwood employed both small ball and long ball to crush South Houston 14-4 in a District 22-6A contest at Trojans Field.

With clean-up hitter Masyn Winn connecting for a third-inning grand slam and Ryan Michie clearing the fence two batters later, Kingwood owned a 12-0 lead after two-and-a-half innings.

In sweeping Sam Rayburn and South Houston, Kingwood, which leads the district with a batting average of .397, has so far outscored the Pasadena ISD competition 61-4.

“To be 6-0 in district anytime is a really good thing. We got out to an early lead and then we had the big home run from Masyn with two outs. It gave us the opportunity when we had the 14-0 lead to give some guys who hadn’t been playing much to get them in the ballgame and give them the chance to see how they can help us down the road,” Kingwood head coach Kelly Mead said.

Sam Friday was the starting and winning pitcher, upping his district record to 2-0 with victories on a Thursday against Rayburn and now on a Saturday against the Trojans.

Manuel Gonzalez took the loss, only lasting two-and-a-third innings. Winn’s grand slam ended Gonzalez’s afternoon and began Traylon Ansley’s.

Winn’s day also included a run-scoring sacrifice fly in the second inning that gave his teammates a 4-0 advantage. Moments later, it went to 6-0 with a Luke Johnson triple but when the throw from the outfield got loose and rolled to the Kingwood dugout, Johnson also scored.

On board for Winn’s slam was the trio of Grant Wall, Julian Rodriguez and Carter Amarantos.

South Houston broke up the shutout when Andrew Arriaga connected for a three-run homer over the left-field fence in the fourth, belting the shot off reliever Jacob Swerdloff. Swerdloff mopped up for the fourth and fifth innings.

South Houston, now 3-3 in district, hosts Atascocita High School Tuesday afternoon at 4 for the start of a new two-game series. Kingwood travels to Memorial for its new two-game series.

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