2021 Team Preview: Kingwood Mustangs


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High School: Kingwood

Classification: UIL Class 6A (District 21)

Head Coach: Kelly Mead

Team Strengths: Returning players up the middle of the field

Team Weaknesses: Very little returning varsity experience


Top Returning Players

2021 IF Riley Bender (Abilene Christian signee)

2021 IF Julian Rodriguez

2021 OF/LHP Connor Johnson


Names to Know (2021 Class)

IF Riley Bender (Abilene Christian signee)

IF Julian Rodriguez

OF/LHP Connor Johnson

C Jonathan Mendoza


Names to Know (2024 Class)

IF Braelon Richardson


Team Summary

After having a veteran-heavy team of 3-year lettermen in 2019 and a shortened season in 2020, Coach Kelly Mead returns three senior starters in 2021. Those three will be in the middle of the field with 2021 IF Riley Bender (Ablilene Christian signee) and 2021 IF Julian Rodriguez starting on the infield with Bender at 2B and Rodriguez at SS, and 2021 OF/LHP Connor Johnson in the outfield starting in CF. Behind the plate, Coach Mead will have 2021 C Jonathan Mendoza returning who started a few games in 2020. Also, keep an eye on 2024 IF Braelon Richardson in the years to come as the coaching staff is excited about his skills. 

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High School: Kingwood

Classification: UIL Class 6A (District 21)

Head Coach: Kelly Mead

Team Strengths: Returning players up the middle of the field

Team Weaknesses: Very little returning varsity experience


Top Returning Players

2021 IF Riley Bender (Abilene Christian signee)

2021 IF Julian Rodriguez

2021 OF/LHP Connor Johnson


Names to Know (2021 Class)

IF Riley Bender (Abilene Christian signee)

IF Julian Rodriguez

OF/LHP Connor Johnson

C Jonathan Mendoza


Names to Know (2022 Class)


Names to Know (2023 Class)


Names to Know (2024 Class)

IF Braelon Richardson


Team Summary

After having a veteran-heavy team of 3-year lettermen in 2019 and a shortened season in 2020, Coach Kelly Mead returns three senior starters in 2021. Those three will be in the middle of the field with 2021 IF Riley Bender (Ablilene Christian signee) and 2021 IF Julian Rodriguez starting in the field with Bender at 2B and Rodriguez at SS, and 2021 OF/LHP Connor Johnson in the outfield starting in CF. Behind the plate, Coach Mead will have 2021 C Jonathan Mendoza returning who started a few games in 2020. Also, keep an eye on 2024 IF Braelon Richardson in the years to come as the coaching staff is excited about his skills. 

High School: Kingwood

Classification: UIL Class 6A (District 21)

Head Coach: Kelly Mead

Team Strengths: Returning players up the middle of the field

Team Weaknesses: Very little returning varsity experience


Top Returning Players

2021 IF Riley Bender (Abilene Christian signee)

2021 IF Julian Rodriguez

2021 OF/LHP Connor Johnson


Names to Know (2021 Class)

IF Riley Bender (Abilene Christian signee)

IF Julian Rodriguez

OF/LHP Connor Johnson

C Jonathan Mendoza


Names to Know (2022 Class)


Names to Know (2023 Class)


Names to Know (2024 Class)

IF Braelon Richardson


Team Summary

After having a veteran-heavy team of 3-year lettermen in 2019 and a shortened season in 2020, Coach Kelly Mead returns three senior starters in 2021. Those three will be in the middle of the field with 2021 IF Riley Bender (Ablilene Christian signee) and 2021 IF Julian Rodriguez starting in the field with Bender at 2B and Rodriguez at SS, and 2021 OF/LHP Connor Johnson in the outfield starting in CF. Behind the plate, Coach Mead will have 2021 C Jonathan Mendoza returning who started a few games in 2020. Also, keep an eye on 2024 IF Braelon Richardson in the years to come as the coaching staff is excited about his skills.