Lady O's get big district wins over George Ranch and Brazoswood

PEARLAND — Pearland head coach Laneigh Clark has seen her girls throttle the three Alief softball teams by a total of 45-0, but fell victim to cross-town cousin Dawson 7-1 with the two top district teams on the schedule last week in George Ranch and Brazoswood.

Clark was a little frustrated with the team's attitude and effort in the early league start.

"We aren't playing good defense, and we aren't bunting and running and making things happen," Clark recently said. "We have to get grittier, and the girls have to decide what they want to do -- this is their season."

Things somehow quickly changed for the Lady O's as they hosted the George Ranch Lady Longhorns and came away with a solid 6-0 victory and then traveled to Brazoswood and returned home with a come-from-behind ninth inning 6-4 win to now share the district lead with the Lady Bucs at 5-1 after the first round.

Adrianna Chavarria took the pitching circle against George Ranch and held their potent offense to only two hits, no runs, and three strikeouts while issuing only one free pass.

Meanwhile, Pearland banged out seven hits while scoring six runs to get the convincing 6-0 win.

Pearland scored the only run they would need in the bottom of the first when Ashlyn Wall stroked a two-out single scoring Kaylee Buck who had opened with a single giving the Lady Oilers a 1-0 lead.

The Lady O's would pad the lead in the fifth when they sent four runners across the plate for a 5-0 advantage.

Avery Ratcliff reached base on a fielder's choice while Ashlin Moreno and Walls added singles.

Pearland added an insurance run in the sixth to post the 6-0 final score.

Kaylee Buck was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI. Moreno was 1-for-3 with one run scored and one RBI. Walls was 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

Relief pitcher Alyssa Fort stepped in the seventh to close out the game with no runs and one hit.

Pearland 6 - Brazoswood 4

Pearland made the trip to Brazoswood to face the league-leading Lady Bucs and returned with a 6-4 come-from-behind victory leaving the two teams tied for the league lead at 5-1.

Both teams collected their share of miscues with Brazoswood making six errors while Pearland had four.

The Lady Bucs scored two runs in the bottom of the first for an early 2-0 lead thanks to a pair of Pearland errors.

The Lady O's got on the scoreboard in the top of the third when Kaylee Buck reached base on an error, but was thrown out trying to steal second.

Janna Roberts got a one-out bunt single, Ashlyn Moreno walked, and Kaylee Hoppens singles to centerfield to load the bases. Victoria Montemayor worked the Brazoswood pitcher for a walk sending pinch-runner Lauren Shepherd across the plate to cut the lead to 2-1.

The Lady Bucs scored in their half of the third for a 3-1 lead.

Pearland scored another run in the fourth when Rylie Love opened up the frame with a walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and would score on a two-out single by Roberts to cut the lead to 3-2.

Brazoswood would score again in the fifth to make the score 4-2 and then the Lady Oilers would tie up the game in the top of the sixth with two runs when Ratcliff walked, Buck singled moving pinch-runner Lorin Dick to second. Roberts reaches base on an error to load up the bases.

Moreno lofts a sacrifice fly to center scoring Dick to make the score 4-3 and Hoppens singled in Buck to tie up the game 4-4.

The game went into extra innings and it wasn't until the ninth that Pearland was able to score a couple of runs and then shut out the Lady Bucs in their final at bats to pull out the 6-4 win.

Alyssa Fort opened up the ninth by getting on base by another Brazoswood error, Buck and Roberts both collected back-to-back two-out singles that scored Fort while Buck would score on a miscue by the Lady Bucs right fielder.

Lady Oiler pitcher Adrianna Chavarria pitched all nine innings, allowed just three hits and struck out 11.

Buck was 2-for-5 with two runs scored. Roberts was 3-for-4 with one RBI. Ashlyn Walls was 2-for-3. Hoppens was 2-for-3 with one RBI. Fort was 1-for-2 with one run scored.