Dawson falls to Clear Creek in baseball playoffs

PEARLAND — The Dawson Eagles shocked the District 24-6A champion Clear Creek Wildcats by taking the first game of their best-of-three series 8-2.

But the veteran Wildcats turned things around by taking the second game 9-3 to force a third game.

It was all Clear Creek in the third contest as the Wildcats prevailed 12-3 to end the 2016 season for Dawson.

Leading the charge in the opening game was Christ Jefferson, who stroked an RBI single in the first frame. Michael Oyervides got a sacrifice fly, Tristan Perez got an RBI single for an early 3-0 lead.

In the second inning, the Dawson bats were still hot as Oyervides smashed a two-run double and Perez followed with an RBI single. for a 6-1 advantage.

Jefferson had two hits for a pair of RBIs.

Pitcher Adam Houghtaling picked up the win for the Eagles as he allowed two runs over seven innings. He struck out three, walked three and surrendered seven hits.

Dawson added two more runs in the third while Creek managed one more run in the fifth for the 8-2 final.

After Dawson lost the second game 9-3, the two teams hooked up on Saturday for the final game to decide who would continue their season.

Seven hours and two locations and a three-hour lightning delay later, the Wildcats eliminated the Dawson 12-3 at Friendswood High School and Tor Field in Galveston.

Going into the top of the sixth inning, the Wildcats had built a 6-3 lead when an umpire noticed lightning in the distance.

By UIL rules when lightning strikes within an 8-mile radius of an outdoors sporting event, play must be stopped for at least 30 minutes, and if another strike of lightning hits, time is reset to 30 minutes again.

At 2:46 p.m. the game was put under a lightning delay.

More than three hours later at approximately 5:50 p.m. with the threat of lightning still in the area and the threat of rain on the way, the decision was made to move the game 34 miles away to Tor Field, where Ball High coach Russell Ferrell made a great effort to have the field ready on short notice.

Leading 6-3, the Wildcats seemed unaffected by the delay and proceeded to slam the door shut on Dawson’s season, scoring six more runs at Tor Field.

The Eagles conclude their season with a 20-13 mark. Clear Creek will face the Pearland Oilers in the next round.