Kingwood Lions handed first loss by Edgewood

By BAKER ELLIS / Sports Reporter

ELMORE – The comeback attempt Kingwood tried to mount against the Edgewood Academy Wildcats fell short as the Lions were handed their first loss of the season on Feb. 24. Edgewood jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three innings before the bats for Kingwood began to wake up and make the contest a little more interesting.

The first 10 batters Kingwood sent up to the plate were retired in neat fashion before, with one out in the top of the fourth, Dillon Calhoun drew a walk to put the first man on base for the Lions on the day. Corey Robinson, the next batter, connected on the first pitch he saw for a single and the first hit of the day for Kingwood. With two outs Garrett Jones singled to load the bases, and then Josh Wright drew a walk to bring Calhoun home for the first run for the Lions on the day.

Garrett Landry scored the second run of the afternoon for the Lions in the top of the fifth after singling and advancing to third on an error. He was brought home shortly after when Buddy Kittrell hit into a fielder’s choice.

Moving into the seventh and last inning of the game, Kingwood was down 5-2 trying to stage a comeback. Kittrell and Calhoun got on base early in the inning, and were standing at third and second, respectively, with one out. After a Robinson strikeout, Wyatt Baker was at the plate when Kittrell scored on a passed ball to make the score 5-3. Baker grounded out to third on the subsequent pitch, however, and the Lions comeback attempt fell short as they moved to 4-1 on the season with the 5-3 loss.

Shiloh West pitched 4.1 innings, giving up four runs on five hits before Jones came in to close the game for the Lions in the losing effort.