Dawson edges Pearland 4-2 in district contest


PEARLAND — Dawson senior pitcher Adam Houghtaling went the distance against the Pearland Oilers allowing only four hits and two unearned runs to get the district win as the Eagles remain perfect in league play with a 3-0 mark.

The Eagles have stood the test in district so far this season beating George Ranch, Brazoswood, and Pearland.

"Adam is a workhorse and has been for three years," Dawson head coach Kerry Cox said. "We have a chance, generally, when he's on the mound if we can just make some plays.

"We're coming together a little bit. We saw some mistakes tonight so the battle cry is we can always get better. But I'm proud of the guys. We've beaten three of the toughest teams (George Ranch, Brazoswood and Pearland) in district.

"Our next game against Alief Elsik will have a good lefty going against us so we better be ready."

Houghtaling and Pearland's Matthew Adams were locked in a scoreless duel through four innings before the Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the fifth.

Justin Rodriguez led off the fifth with a single to left. Pinch-hitter Jason Scott smashed a two-out double off the right field wall to send Rodriguez across the plate for a 1-0 Dawson lead.

Pearland responded with some offense of their own as Adams reached base on a fielding error at third, but his pinch runner was picked off.

Parker DeLeon then walked, stole second, and reached third on a throwing error.

Braden Norris then hit a ball to shortstop which was thrown away at the plate, allowing Pearland to tie the game at 1-1.

Cole Smajstrla then blasted a two-out, run-scoring double to left field for a 2-1 Oiler lead.

Dawson entered the top of the sixth inning trailing 2-1, but J.P. Marrero led off with a double to left. John Sebok followed with a single to center. A miscue in the outfield allowed Marrero to score the tying run.

Gio Iannuzzi then reached on another error, and Sebok scored on a passed ball with Justin Rodriguez batting for a 3-2 Eagle edge.

Rodriguez then hit a high-hopper over a drawn-in infield to bring home an insurance run for Houghtaling making the score 4-2 which stood to the end of the game.

Pearland managed only four hits off of Houghtaling. Leading the offense was Cole Smajslria, Mason Lytle, Jackson Hydom, and Parker DeLeon with one hit each.

Houghtaling (2-for-4) and Jason Scott (2-for-2, 1 RBI) managed multiple hits for the Eagles.