Friendswood splits with Dickinson in 24-6A double-header

FRIENDSWOOD — Friendswood and Dickinson are matched very evenly and they proved that in their district double-header as 24-6A action began this season.

The Mustangs were able to take the opener 1-0 behind the four-hit pitching of Bradley Wilcott who struck out seven.

The game wasn't decided until the bottom of the seventh thanks to a throwing error by Dickinson that sent the winning run across the plate for the Mustangs.

The contest turned out to be a pitcher's duel as Dickinson's Hunter Sims gave up just two hits and struck out seven to match the outstanding job by Friendswood's Wilcott.

The Mustangs got a runner on third base in the fourth frame, but he was left on base after the Gators retired the side.

Dickinson didn't get a runner until the fifth inning, but the Friendswood defense stepped up to maintain the shutout.

Friendswood threatened again in the sixth when Kevin Newkirk led off with a double to right field, advanced to third on two straight fielder's choices, but Izaac Pancheco went down on strikes to end the inning.

Dickinson 3 - Friendswood 2

It appeared that Friendswood would sweep the Gators to take the early district lead, however, Dickinson scored twice to erase the 2-1 Friendswood lead in the bottom of the sixth to pull out the 3-2 win.

Friendswood shortstop Isaac Pacheco drew a walk to lead off the top of the fourth inning. Calvin Whitaker followed with a single to right field putting runners on the corners. First baseman Bradley Wilcott then laid down a bunt to plate Pacheco for a 1-0 lead.

The Mustangs made it 2-0 when Thad Horman drove in the second run with a sacrifice fly to score Whitaker.

But the Gators cut the lead in half in the bottom of the fourth with a double and single making the score 2-1.

The sixth inning proved to be the downfall for Friendswood as a single, fielding error, and a sacrifice bunt put two runners on base with no outs.

A two-run single made the score 3-2 which eventually stood up for the Dickinson win.

"It's a really good thing to fight that way, even though we came up short," Friendswood head coach Steve Hecker said. "To set the tone for the rest of district, it's good to know that we're going to fight and give it our best effort. Regardless of the scoreboard, if we're fighting, we're doing something right."