Friendswood win over Dickinson a positive move to playoffs

FRIENDSWOOD — The Friendswood Mustangs made a positive step toward the post-season with a 6-2 win over Dickinson while hurting the Gators' chances to continue their season.

“We’ve still got a long way to go, but it’s good that we’re able to continue the season and see how we can do in the playoffs,” Friendswood head coach Steve Hecker said.

With the game tied at 2-2 in the top of the sixth inning, Friendswood starting pitcher Lael Lockhart belted the first pitch over the fence for a 3-2 lead.

“That home run was a huge lift for us,” Hecker said. “We just had to keep the momentum in our favor.”

That long ball over the left field wall that bounced off the scoreboard sparked the rest of his teammates to get in to action.

Designated hitter Ryan Bertelsman followed with a double down the left field line. Bertelsman moved to third thanks to a sacrifice bunt by Kevin Dupuis and then raced home on a single by Jarrett Bell.

The Mustangs pushed their lead to 5-2 on a bases-loaded RBI infield single by pinch hitter Joseph Ehrlich.

Friendswood scored its other runs in the game on an RBI double by Dupuis in the top of the second, an RBI single by first baseman Nick King in the top of the fourth and a run-scoring fielding error in the top of the seventh.

Leading the Mustangs’ offense with seven of the team’s total of 11 hits were Bertelsman (3-for-4, three runs), Lockhart (2-for-4, one RBI) and Bell (2-for-3, one RBI).

Lockhart picked up the win on the mound with five innings pitched, five hits, two walks, two earned runs and eight strikeouts. Jacob Crain recorded a save by throwing two perfect innings with two strikeouts.

Friendswood (9-4 in District 24-6A) will finish no lower than third place in the district standings and could finish as high as second place with a win and a Clear Springs loss in each teams’ respective season finales.