Lady Oilers sweep FB Clements out of playoffs

PEARLAND — The Pearland Lady Oilers thrashed Channelview 12-0 in the Class 6A Region III bi-district playoffs and now they have won the area round in a best-of-three series by sweeping Fort Bend Clements 5-0 and 5-2 to advance to the region quarterfinals.

Pearland will face Brazoswood on Thursday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m. in Manvel in a one-game, winner take all playoff game.

The Lady Buccaneers beat defending Class 5A state champion Deer Park in a three-game series 2-1 which is a big break for the Lady Oilers.

Pearland beat Brazoswood 4-1 earlier this season, but both teams have obviously matured and gotten better. Pearland is riding a 16-game win streak after starting the season slower that usual.

The Lady Oilers are still a young team, but they are gaining more and more confidence and should continue to gain momentum with a win over the Lady Bucs.

Pearland 5 - FB Clements 0

Sydney Gutierrez led the offense for the Lady Oilers going 2-for-3 at the plate including a home run. Kaylee Buck also had an outstanding night at the plate going 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI.

Lindsey Stewart, Sydney McKay and Natalie Romeo each had RBI singles for Pearland.

Junior pitcher Alyssa Denham allowed five hits and no runs while striking out seven and walking just one.

Pearland scored once in the first inning, twice in the fourth and added runs in the fifth and seventh innings to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

Pearland 5 - FB Clements 2

Clements opened up the first inning with a run for a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but that didn't last long as the Lady Oilers scored three runs in the third for a 3-1 advantage.

Pearland added two more runs in the fifth for a 5-1 cushion.

Clements managed to score a harmless run in the seventh making the score 5-2, but that's as close as they would get in being eliminated from the playoffs.

Sydney Gutierrez belted her second home run in the series, a solo shot, while Lindsey Stewart tripled and drove in a run. Buck singled to pick up an RBI while Romeo and Madison Clements each had hits for Pearland.

Pearland got the win thanks in large part to Alyssa Denham's dominant, 12-strikeout performance. Denham allowed one earned run on seven hits and one walk over seven innings.