OAK RIDGE NORTH - The War Eagles didn't get off to the greatest of starts in a non-district game Wednesday night Though it settled down defensively, Oak Ridge never quite got things going at the plate.
Kingwood scored two runs in the top of the first inning and that proved to be enough, as the Mustangs beat the War Eagles 3-1, at Oak Ridge High School.
Freshman pitcher, Masynn Wynn, picked up the win for the Mustangs (11-2) after allowing just one earned run on four hits and two walks, while striking out eight batters in 6 1/3 innings of work.
"Our pitch selection at the plate wasn't very good tonight and it showed," Oak Ridge coach Mike Pirtle said. "You have to give credit to that youngster over there (Wynn), he threw well - got ahead in the count and did some good things."
Tyler Davis, is credited with the loss for Oak Ridge (6-3-2) after giving up one earned run on six hits in seven innings of work while striking out six batters.
In the first inning after giving up a lead off single to Tre Richardson, Davis managed to pick up two quick outs - including Richardson at third on a fielders choice.
The freshman came through with a two RBI double to give Kingwood the lead, which it held onto for the rest of the game.
Though that sequence of at-bats produced the game-winning run, Pirtle said Oak Ridge didn't lose the game in the first inning.
"I don't think (it was that important) - we should have scored more runs," he said. "We were only down by two, so there was no pressure there. It was just a matter of putting the bat on the ball. We would get behind two strikes and then swing at something that wasn't a strike. That just hurt us all night and it is something to learn from."
Four of Wynn's eight strikeouts came against Oak Ridge's seventh and eighth batters in the order. And when Cody Lancaster came on in relief in the seventh inning, he struck out two more batters in the same spot.
"Kids sometimes put too much pressure on themselves and it showed up (tonight)," Pirtle said. "We have to relax at the plate - and like I said, Wynn was pretty good so lets give him credit."
After Kingwood took a 2-0 lead, Oak Ridge bounced back in the bottom of the first.
Jacorey Boudreaux legged out a triple and then Logan Letney drove him home with an RBI single.
Even with a runner on and just one out, Oak Ridge wasn't able to get any more runs across.
Davis and Wynn both settled into a rhythm as each made quick work of their batters over the next five innings.
Davis strung together five-consecutive 1-2-3-innings, before surrendering a hit to Wynn in the top of the seventh.
Wynn, retired the side in order in the second, third, fifth and sixth innings.
"Oak Ridge is a quality team," Kingwood coach Kelly Mead said. "Coach Pirtle and his staff do a great job with those kids. Tyler Davis is a great competitor on the mound. We are very young, playing well and playing behind our pitching. To come over here and play a team like Oak Ridge to get us ready for district play was big and to get a win at their place was even bigger."