Lady Eagles get two big district wins

PEARLAND — The Dawson Lady Eagles made giant strides in staying in the playoff hunt as they defeated Alvin 2-1 and Sam Rayburn 7-0.

Dawson improved to 6-3 in district action with a critical win over Alvin who is coached by former Dawson head coach David McCorkle who assumed the head coaching job at Alvin this year.

The Lady Eagles didn't provide freshman pitcher Courtney Day with much support, but she didn't need much. Day pitched seven strong innings to carry the Lady Eagles to a 2-1 win over Alvin.

Schoeneman punched a bunt through a drawn-in infield in the seventh inning to bring home Amber Langston with the game-winner for a 2-1 District 22-6A victory. After Langston reached on an error, Hope Schoeneman put the ball in play scoring Langston for the second time in the game.

The bottom of the first saw Dawson take an early lead, 1-0. Langston got things going for the Lady Eagles with a single. A groundout by Schoeneman then moved Langston from first to second. Day singled, plating Langston.

First-year Dawson head coach Katelyn Griffin understood the significance of the win.

“Huge. Giant,” Griffin said. “This smile’s not going to come off my face for a while.

“Courtney pitched an amazing game – the best she’s thrown all season. She hit her spots, and the kids bought into the game plan. We put the ball on the ground, we laid down bunts, we manufactured runs.”

Alvin scored its only run of the game on an RBI double by Dalyn Balderaz in the seventh inning to tie the game at 1-1.

“It was a great team effort,” Griffin said. “We made things happen – and Rylee (Rodriguez) didn’t even get to bat. “I can’t say enough good things. We made routine plays and controlled the controllable.”

Dawson 7 - Sam Rayburn 0

Five runs in the opening three innings allowed Dawson to easily dispose of the Sam Rayburn Lady Texans 7-0.

An RBI single by Hope Schoeneman, an RBI single by Baylee Malone, and a two-run single by Alexis Zarate during the first inning and a groundout by Rylee Rodriguez in the second inning helped the Lady Eagles put some runs on the board early.

Schoeneman pitched a two-hitter and struck out 10 while also driving in two runs with a pair of hits.

Courtney Day had three hits for the Lady Eagles collecting two extra-base hits. She doubled in the first inning, singled in the fifth inning, and tripled in the seventh inning. Amber Langston had two hits for Dawson, now 7-3 in district.

The Lady Eagles posted one run in each of the fourth, and seventh. In the fourth, the Lady Eagles scored on an RBI double by Schoeneman bringing home Langston.