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Pelfrey and Paxton Push Stangs by Summer Creek

By Jason Hebert, 04/30/22, 9:30PM CDT

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Kingwood Mustangs 7, Summer Creek Bulldogs 4 - April 27 @ Summer Creek

The Mustangs entered the last week of the season with a two game set with Summer Creek, the district leader, one game behind Atascocita for the final playoff spot.  After rained pushed the game back 24 hours, Kingwood took the field at Summer Creek Wednesday night hoping to keep their playoff hopes alive.  The Bulldogs had their ace, Pepperdine commit Adam Troy on the mound while the Mustangs countered with Josh Pelfrey.

Troy hit Jack Bruckbauer with very first pitch of the game, giving the Mustangs a quick runner.  His second pitch to Jason Arney was high and he immediately summoned the trainer from the dugout with some sort of an elbow injury.  After Troy was forced to leave the game, Arney laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Bruckbauer to second.  Josh Arquette walked before Paxton Singleton singled to left to drive in Bruckbauer with the first run of the game.  Ryan McClish doubled to left center pushing across Arquette to quickly put Kingwood up 2-0.  Facing the third Bulldogs pitcher in the first inning, freshman Braden Fuentes blooped a two-RBI single over the third baseman to score both Singleton and McClish and push the early lead to four.  Sammy Soto walked but the Mustangs settled for the four.  Pelfrey made quick work of Summer Creek in their half of the first, setting them down in order.

Bruckbauer led off the second getting on again, this time via an infield single to short.  A bit of deja vu at that point as Arquette walked for the second time in two innings and Singleton again singled to left for an RBI, scoring Bruckbauer.  A Summer Creek double down the left field line and an RBI single pulled them to within 5-1 after two.

The third inning  saw a Ty Boatright single, Bruckbauer hit by pitch and Arney single to right to score Boatright, extending the Mustangs lead to 6-1.  In the bottom half, Summer Creek managed a walk before a two run home run to center cut the lead to 6-3 through three innings.

After a quiet fourth inning for both teams, Kingwood got a walk by Liam O'Leary in the fifth but nothing more.  Fortunately, a double play wiped out the Summer Creek threat in the bottom and kept the lead at three.

Bruckbauer led off the sixth with a single to center and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Braelon Richardson, who entered the game as a pinch hitter.  Arquette walked for the third time to put runners on first and second.  McClish hit a hard ground ball to right for an RBI single scoring Bruckbauer but on the play, the Bulldogs thought the ball had hit the runner and argued with the umpires.  After the third out had occurred, their catcher said the magic words to the umpire and was ejected.  The Bulldogs did get a single to center but no more as the sixth inning ended with a 7-3 lead by Kingwood.

A three up, three down inning for the Mustangs meant Summer Creek would go to the bottom of the seventh needing four to tie.  A lead off single gave them hope but that was quickly vanquished after a line drive to Arquette at third and two outs record by Boatright in center to end the game.

With the win, Pelfrey moved to 6-2 on the season and 3-2 in district.  He also became the team leader in wins for the season.

Kingwood Varsity Mustangs
Overall record:  17-9
District record:     6-5