Dawson diamondmen blank Pearland 6-0

PEARLAND — Dawson got a sterling pitching performance from lefthander Adam Houghtaling and the Eagles offense pounded out nine hit and six runs to beat their cross-town cousins 6-0 that improved their District 23-6A mark at 2-1 while Pearland drops to 3-1.

"It wasn't a spotless game, but we made some plays when we had to," Eagle head coach Kerry Cox said. "Brett threw really well for us earlier in the week, and then Adam was pretty sharp against Pearland.

"We've got a few things to shore up. We dropped a pop-up on the infield and made a base-running mistake. I'm happy with the way it went, but never satisfied. The good thing, though, is that the kids are starting to believe we can win."

The Eagles got their first run in the second inning when Luke Haas opened the inning with a walk, pinch-runner Josh Gadson stole second, Austin Pratt follows with a single to right sending Haas to third.

After Jaedon Compton struck out for the second out of the inning, Pratt steals second and Haas broke for home. The throw was off target at second and Haas was safe at home giving Dawson a 1-0 lead.

Dawson added two more runs in the third for a 3-0 advantage.

A walk to Kaden Ingram and a bunt single by Austin Langland began the rally. Pearland pitcher Matt Adams retired the next two batters, but Haas and Pratt banged out consecutive singles for the three-run lead.

The fifth inning produced three more insurance runs for the Eagles making the final scorer 6-0.

Singles by Langland and John Sebok started the inning. John O'Banion moved the runners to second and third on a bunt.

After Haas was given an intentional walk, Pratt singled to right for a 4-0 lead. An Oiler wild pitch brought home the fifth run before Compton singled home the final run.

The Oilers had opportunities to score, but they weren't able to get the timely hits.

"There were just too many counts where we were behind," Oiler head coach Anthony Scalise said. "Defensively, we looked OK…no errors.

"But we didn't make big pitches when we needed to. Their pitcher…we knew he was good. He's down in the zone and he pitches away.

"Then when he needed to, he'd bust us in a little bit. I thought we executed a safety squeeze perfectly (in the second inning) and we got called out. Right now, we're just not old enough or have enough experience to overcome some things."

Houghtaling gave up only four hits while striking out five batters and walking none in seven innings.

Langland was 2-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored. Haas was 1-for-1 with an RBI. Kaden Ingram was 1-for-2 with one run scored. Pratt was 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Compton was 1-for-3 with one RBI.

Pearland 10 - Alief Hastings 0

Colby Casey threw a shutout as Pearland beat Alief Hastings 10-0 in a District 23-6A contest. The win improved the Oilers league record at 3-0.

Leading hitter for the Oilers was Joseph Barfield who had two hits and drove in three runs.

Pearland had nine hits while the Bears could only manage two hits off Casey who struck out nine hitters.

Hastings contributed five errors in the loss.

Others adding offensive power to the Oilers was Andrew Flores and Mason Lytle who each had two RBIs.