GC Memorial upsets No. 22 Dawson 12-10

PEARLAND — League-leading Dawson has a place already reserved in the playoffs, but Goose Creek Memorial entered the game against the Lady Eagles needing a win to keep their post-season hopes alive.

After losing to Santa Fe in the opening game of district action, Dawson ran off nine straight wins to sit atop of the district leaderboard. However, that streak came to an end against the Lady Patriots. League action comes to an end on Thursday, April 17 when Dawson travels to Ball High at 6:00 p.m.

Santa Fe and Dawson are tied at the top while GCM, Friendswood, and Texas City are three of the teams still vying for a place in the playoffs.

The Lady Patriots took the early lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first, but Dawson cut the lead in half as Rylee Rodriguez sent a pitch over the right field fence in the top of the third making the score 2-1.

But GC Memorial added two more runs on a two-run homer in their half of the third for a 4-1 advantage.

It appeared that Dawson would run away with the game as the Lady Eagles scored five runs in the top of the fourth to surge ahead 6-4.

Both teams matched runs in the fifth inning leaving the Lady Eagles ahead 7-5.

The bottom of the sixth would be the undoing for Dawson as the wheels fell off as GC Memorial scored seven runs in the frame giving them a 12-7 lead.

The Lady Eagles tried to mount a rally with three runs in the top of the seventh, but came up short 12-10.

Megan Stone took the loss for the Lady Eagles after giving up 12 runs on 10 hits with three walks and no strikeouts.

Danisse Garcia got the win for the Lady Patriots after giving up five hits, four runs, one walk, and one strikeout.

Niki Turner was 3-for-4 at the plate with three runs scored. Ashley Langston was 2-for-3 with one RBI. Rodriguez was 2-for-4 with a three-run homer.

Kirstyn Murphy was the top hitter for Memorial going 3-for-4 with a home run, four runs scored, and three RBIs. Jami Garcia also hit a roundtripper going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs.

"This was a really big win for us," GCM head coach Misty Calhoun said. "I'm just so proud of the way we fought back to retake the lead and then held on in the last inning."

Dawson 18 - Baytown Lee 8

Rylee Rodriguez continued her home run streak going 2-for-4 with three runs scored and four RBIs in leading the Lady Eagles to a lopsided 18-8 win over Baytown Lee.

Baylee Malone also got in on the home run parade going 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored and four RBIs.

Dawson jumped out to a 7-0 lead at the top of the first inning, but allowed the Lady Ganders to get back in the game with three runs in the bottom of the first and second innings to cut the Dawson lead to 7-6.

But the Lady Eagles added a run in the top of the third, four in the fourth, and six more in the sixth to put the game out of reach of the Lady Ganders who scored two runs in the fourth.

Dawson pounded out a total of 21 hits while Baytown Lee managed a combined 12 hits off winning pitcher Megan Stone and Rodriguez who stepped in the pitching circle for an inning and a third. Stone gave up eight hits, five runs, one walk, and one strike out.