Dawson diamondmen capture District 23-6A title

PEARLAND — Dawson head coach Kerry Cox saw his diamondmen close out last week with win over Alief Taylor (8-0) and Alief Hastings (10-0) to complete a perfect 12-0 run through District 23-6A for the first time in school history.

The senior laden Eagles will now prepare for the Class 6A Region III playoffs when they will face the District 24-6A Dickinson Gators in the bi-district round.

"The district championship means a great deal to this team," Cox said. "It was the first step in the goals they set prior to this season and it's nice to check that one off.

"Honestly, the guys just need to keep doing what they've been doing and never let the moment get too big. I want them to keep having fun and playing for each other like they have been."

Having fun and togetherness has been the glue for Dawson's success this season.

Against Alief Taylor, Dawson used the consistent pitching of Adam Houghtaling who went four innings, allowing zero runs on zero hits and striking out nine. Alec Reyes stepped in and threw three innings in relief out of the bullpen.

Dawson put the game away in the top of the first when they scored six runs for a 6-0 lead. They added a run in the fifth and sixth innings for the 8-0 shutout.

The Eagles banged out 12 hits while limiting the Lions to only one hit.

The Dawson offense was led by Houghtaling, J.P. Marrero, Luke Haas, Jalen Freeman, and Austin Langland who all drove in runs in the opening frame.

Houghtaling drove in a pair of runs when he slammed a triple.

Dawson 10 - Alief Hastings 0

Dawson closed out the regular season with a 10-0 shutout of the Hastings Bears for a perfect 12-0 mark in district.

Tyler Langston was the winning pitcher for the Eagles as he went three innings, allowing zero runs on two hits, striking out two and walking one. Austin Langland threw two and two-thirds innings in relief out of the bullpen. The Dawson fired up the offense in the first inning as they scored one run on a J.P. Marrero single.

The Eagles continued the scoring in the second inning when they pushed three runs across the plate thanks to Jason Scott and Adam Houghtaling who both had RBIs.

The offense racked up 11 hits in the game. Austin Pratt and Scott managed multiple hits in the game. The Eagles also had two players steal a couple of bases each led by Luke Haas. The Eagles also didn't commit a single error in the field.

Cox praised his seniors this season.

"Jones Abbott, Eric Alvarez, Alex Dilling, Max Garcia, Adam Houghtaling, Gio Iannuzzi, Austin Langland, J.P. Marrero, John O'Banion, Brandon O'Higgins, Austin Pratt, Alec Reyes, Hunter Richey, Justin Rodriguez, Jason Scott and John Sebok have come together to produce awesome senior leadership," Cox said.