Day leads Dawson past Lady Oilers 3-1

PEARLAND — She may only be a freshman, but Dawson pitcher Courtney Day is playing like a veteran in her first high school varsity season.

The Lady Eagles have struggled in past years in the pitching circle, but Dawson's new head coach Katelyn Griffin has found her a real gem that will carry Dawson for several years to come.

“I can’t say enough good things about that kid,” Griffin said. “She definitely played with more poise, maturity and intensity than any freshman I’ve ever seen.

“She works hard in practice, and she’s even-keel all the time. I’m so excited about her future and excited to be her coach.”

Day proved she is the whole package as she delivered the winning hit in the top of the eighth to give Dawson a two-run cushion entering the an extra inning as the two teams battled to a 1-1 tie in regulation.

Dawson scored first in the top of the first inning after Hope Schoeneman doubled off the wall in centerfield.

With two outs, Day came to the plate and beat out a high chopper as Schoeneman sprinted home.

Pearland tied the game in the second inning with three consecutive two-out singles from Kaylee Hoppens, Madison Clements and Kaylee Buck.

After that, Day overcame several Pearland scoring threats while Pearland pitcher Alyssa Denham was in control for most of the contest.

In the end, it was the Lady Eagles’ who were able to hand the Lady Oilers their first district loss.

The Dawson eighth began with Rylee Rodriguez’s line-drive single to the wall in right-center and Baylee Malone’s walk. With Day at the plate, a wild pitch moved the runners to second and third.

Day got her pitch from Denham and drilled it into left-center clearing the bases for a 3-1 lead.

Pearland outhit Dawson, 9-6, but outstanding defensive plays by the Lady Eagles defense kept Pearland from scoring their usual barrage of runs

“I thought we hit it hard, it was just at somebody,” Pearland head coach Laneigh Clark said. “I guess the thing I was disappointed in was that I didn’t think we executed when we needed to.

“That changes the defense and the game if you can get runners moved up, and we did didn’t do that. Dawson came out and executed, played a great game and deserved to win.”

Day was 3-for-3 with two RBIs while Rodriguez was 1-for-3 with one run scored. Schoeneman was 1-for-4 with one run scored.

Day got the win in the pitching circle allowing nine hits, one run, and one strikeout.

Denham took a rare loss after allowing six hits and striking out 13 while walking five.

Pearland is now 12-1 and remains atop the district leaderboard while Dawson is 10-3 in league play. Both teams should make the playoffs as the regular season comes to an end over the next two weeks.

The Lady Oilers close out the season on the road facing Pasadena Memorial on Friday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m. and Manvel on Friday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Dawson will host Pasadena on Friday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m. and will travel to face South Houston on Tuesday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. to conclude the regular season.