Dawson splits district games with Pearland, Brazoswood

PEARLAND DAWSON — The Dawson Lady Eagles began last week tied with Pearland for the District 23-6A lead with both teams with 6-1 league records after Dawson beat the Lady Oilers 9-1. However, the Lady Eagles ran out of steam against Brazoswood to fall to the Lady Bucs 8-3 to slip back to second place in the district standings.

Pearland edged Dawson 1-0 in the opening round of league play, but the Lady Eagles avenged that loss with a 9-1 pounding of the Lady Oilers to move into a tie for the league lead.

Dawson senior pitcher Courtney Day in the pitching circle allowed only one run on three hits while fanning 10 Pearland batters.

Meanwhile, the Lady Eagles provided the offense needed to score nine runs while dominating Pearland pitching with 10 hits.

Dawson took a 3-0 lead in the top of the third sparked by a two-run RBI single by sophomore catcher Olivia Johnson that scored Peyton Ellermann, who was safe on a bunt single, and Kyra Lunford, who had reached base on a Pearland error.

The lead increased to 5-0 when the Lady Eagles scored a run in the fourth and fifth frames.

The Lady Oilers finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead to 5-1.

But Dawson sealed the win with four runs in the top of the seventh to make the score 9-1.

The deficit would be too much for the Lady Oilers to overcome and they suffered their first loss in district this year.

Courtney Day picked up the win for Dawson with seven inning in the circle, three hits, one run, and 10 strikeouts and three walks.

Alyssa Fort took the loss with 5.1 innings in the circle while allowing seven hits, five runs, four strikeouts and four walks. Hailey Foster pitched in relief for two-thirds of an inning giving up two hits and three runs and one walk. Natalie Myers and Kaylee Tarlton also took their turns in the circle to close out the game. Brazoswood 8 - Dawson 3

Dawson got off to a strong start against Brazoswood when Courtney Day blasted a two-run homer in the first frame to give the Lady Eagles a quick 2-0 lead. Kyra had walked to reach first base prior to Day's roundtripper.

Brazoswood scored a run in the top of the second to cut the lead to 2-1 which is the way the game stood until the Lady Bucs erupted for seven runs in the top of the sixth to break open the game with an 8-2 lead.

Dawson managed a run in the bottom of the sixth to cut the margin to 8-3, but neither team scored in the final frame allowing the Lady Bucs to get the crucial district win and move Dawson back into second place in the league standings behind Pearland.

Courtney Day took the loss as she went 6.2 innings, allowing eight hits, eight runs, with 10 strikeouts and a pair of walks.