No. 1 state-ranked Friendswood slips past Santa Fe 3-2

FRIENDSWOOD — Friendswood's biggest challenge to their unbeaten season took place when the No. 1 state-ranked Mustangs faced District 24-5A rival Santa Fe at Bobby Black Field.

Thanks to relief pitcher Griffin Kasemeyer, the Mustangs were able to hold on to the 3-2 victory over the Indians.

Kasemeyer surrendered only a two-out single in the top of the seventh with one walk and five strikeouts.

"He did great; he did what Kasemeyer does," said Friendswood head coach Cory Benavides. "He comes out and throws strikes, gets us the ground balls and fly balls that we need,, and lets our defense work. He gets us out of innings, so we can go back to the dugout and hit."

All of the runs for Friendswood came in the bottom of the second inning.

Misael Cantu stroked a one-out single before C Burch stuck out making it two outs. Reed South and Kevin Newkirk hit back-to-back singles to load the bases.

On a 2-2 pitch, Isaiah Winkler was hit by a pitch allowing the Mustangs to score their first run. Izaac Pacheco walked to score South and Newkirk would later score on a wild pitch for a 3-0 lead.

Santa Fe (11-4) scored their two runs in the top of the third to close the gap to 3-2 and then the Mustangs turned over the game to Kasemeyer who closed the door on the Indians.

"Playing Santa Fe, you're always going to get a fight no matter what," Benavides said. "They're a good team. We had some things going against us with the wind blowing straight in. We hit some balls hard. But, they hit a couple hard, and it's just baseball. Defense and pitching got us over the hump."

The Mustangs are now 23-0 for the season and 15-0 in district. Friendswood has wrapped up the District 22-5A title.