Pearland stays on the winning path

PEARLAND — The Oilers dropped a game to Pasadena Dobie in the first round of district, but have since reeled off five straight games to move back into a first place tie with Dobie in the District 22-5A standings. Alvin knocked off the Longhorns to set up an upcoming showdown. The district title will be decided against Dobie on Friday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m. at Dobie HS provided that both teams can win their last league games before the showdown.

Pearland got a real test in their game against South Houston, but still rallied for a close 5-2 win to improve to 27-2.

The Oilers scored a run in the first frame when Connor Wong doubled and then scored on a double by Jacob Barfield for a 1-0 lead.

Neither team was able to cross the plate for the game until South Houston tied up the game with a run in the top of the fifth.

But the Oilers answered in their half of the fifth with a run when Barfield stroked a one-out single. Courtesy runner Ben Paddock would score on a line drive single to centerfield by Hayden Cole to take a 2-1 lead.

The bottom of the sixth proved to be the key inning in the game as the Oilers pushed across three runs as errors and walks provided the needed runs giving Pearland a 5-1 margin entering the top of the seventh.

The Trojans managed to score a harmless run, but the Oilers retired the side to post the 5-2 final score.

Barfield was 3-for-3 at the plate including two doubles while scoring a run and getting an RBI. Cole was 1-for-1 with one RBI. Wong was 1-for-4 with two runs scored.

Jake Crain picked up the win with four strong innings on the mound while allowing only one run, four walks, and seven strikeouts. Andreus Faltesek stepped in relief for 2 1/3 innings allowing one run, one walk, and three strikeouts. Brady Basso closed out the game in a 2/3 inning appearance while allowing no runs and one strikeout.

Pearland 11 - Pasadena Memorial 1

Pearland crushed Pasadena Memorial with an 11 run contest including nine hits. The Oilers scored two runs in the first, three in the third, four in the fourth, and one in the fifth and sixth innings.

Memorial scored their lone run in the bottom of the first and then it was all Pearland the rest of the way.

Ryan Diaz was 1-for-3 with two runs scored. Connor Wong was 1-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and one RBI. Hayden Cole was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs including a triple. Jake Crain was 1-for-2 with two runs scored and one RBI.Kamren Dukes was 2-for-4 with on RBI.