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McClish Hurls Kingwood's Second Straight No-Hitter, Tops King 7-0

By Jason Hebert, 03/20/22, 11:45AM CDT

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Kingwood Mustangs 7, C.E. King Panthers 0 - March 15 @ C.E. King

The Mustangs continued their two game series against the Panthers Friday night at C.E. King and the result was very similar to Tuesday night's game.  Though the bats struggled a bit for six innings, they weren't required to do much again as starter Ryan McClish matched Josh Pelfrey's no-hitter with one of his own. 

Kingwood struck quickly in the top of the first.  Jack Bruckbauer led off with a bunt single on the first pitch of the game and stole second.  Braelon Richardson's sac fly to right pushed him to third.  After Paxton Singleton walked, Bruckbauer scored on Josh Arquette's RBI single down the leftfield line.  The Panthers had a runner get to second on a walk and an errant pickoff throw but were stranded there as the Mustangs led 1-0 after the first.

A couple of errors for both teams in the second allowed baserunners but no runs allowed for either team.  McClish struck out the side against the Panthers.

Arquette's second hit of the night and subsequent stolen base put a runner in scoring position in the third but he stayed there as the 'Stangs were retired.  McClish again struck out the side sandwiched around a walk to keep the game at 1-0.

Branden Fuentes reached on a bouncer that got by the third baseman and moved to third on Ty Boatright's bloop double down the rightfield line.  After Bruckbauer walked to load the bases, Richardson laced a single to right to plate Fuentes and increase the lead to 2-0.  McClish continued to breeze through the Panthers lineup with three quick groundouts in the infield.

The fifth inning turned out to be uneventful as both teams only sent three men to the plate with none of them reaching.  McClish racked up two more strikeouts, the last of which was on a fouled bunt attempt.

Liam O'Leary led off the sixth with a single to center and had Jason Arney enter as a courtesy runner.  Boatright's groundout moved Arney to second.  Ashton Rodriguez laid down a bunt single down third base to reach but the Panthers were able to get the runner moving to third after a brief rundown.  A caught stealing ended the threat and left the score at 2-0.  A couple more groundouts and a pop up foul moved the game to the seventh inning.

The bats came alive in the last inning as Bruckbauer singled to right, Richardson followed with another single to right and Singleton singled to left to fill the bases.  Arquette's sac fly to center scored Bruckbauer and put runners on the corners.  Pinch hitter John Hebert got an RBI single to left to score Richardson and put Kingwood up 4-0.  O'Leary followed with an RBI infield single to shortstop to score Singleton.  Arney again entered as a courtesy runner.  Boatright singled to right to once again load the bases.  A single to left by Rodriguez scored Hebert and Arney to bump the lead to 7-0.  A walk and an error gave the Panthers a sliver of hope but McClish finished with two more strikeouts to end the threat and complete the no-hitter.

McClish finished with twelve strikeouts and moved to 3-2 on the season and 1-0 in district.

The Mustangs will next face their rival Atascocita Eagles in a two game set, starting Tuesday night in Atascocita (pending weather) and Friday at Andy Wells Field.

Kingwood Varsity Mustangs
Overall record:  13-4
District record:     2-0