Friendswood sweeps Travis in playoff series

FRIENDSWOOD — The Friendswood Mustangs are competing in the Class 6A playoffs for the first time and they have proven they can take on just about any team.

Friendswood faced Fort Bend Travis in a best-of-three series in the opening round of the post-season and they got two wins 4-3 in the first game and then ended the series with a late-rally in the second game for a 5-1 victory to end the Tigers baseball season.

Friendswood 4 - FB Travis 3

Tied at 3-3 in the fifth frame, Ryan Shetter doubled home pinch runner Christian Dupriest from first base to give Friendswood a 4-3 win over Fort Bend Travis in a Class 6A bi-district baseball.

In the fifth inning, Connor Whitaker reached first base with a leadoff walk. Dupriest stepped in to run for Whitaker.

After a force out, Shetter then drove the ball into right center field to send Dupriest across the plate for the eventual game-winning run.

Lael Lockhart picked up the win on the mound after pitching five innings, allowing six hits and three earned runs while striking out six.

Carson Kaufman pitched two innings of solid relief to pick up the save.

Friendswood took a 1-0 lead in the first when Whitaker lined a single to right that scored Ryan Bertelsman.

Travis tied the game in the second inning, but Friendswood took a 3-1 lead in the fourth.

Travis LeBlanc opened the fourth with a walk and then Kyle Smith smashed a one-out double to right field for a 2-1 lead. Bertelsman lifted a sacrifice fly to center to give Friendswood a 3-1 cushion.

Travis scored twice in the fifth on an RBI-triple and an RBI-double before Lockhart whiffed the next two batters to avoid further damage for the 4-3 win in the first game.

Friendswood 5 - FB Travis 1

Ryan Shetter pitched a complete game, allowed just four hits, struck out seven, and issued no walks.

It wasn't until the fifth frame before Friendswood was able to get on the board first.

Jacob Gwynne led off the inning with a single, moved to second after beating the throw on a pick off move. Ryan Bertelsman laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to put Gwynne 90 feet away from home with one out. Carter Gwynne drove home his brother with a single to left, putting Friendswood up 1-0.

Travis answered in their half of the fifth to tie up the score 1-1.

Friendswood didn't relinquish the lead after scoring four runs in the seventh inning when it scored on an error, a fielder's choice, and an RBI single by Gwynne making the final score 5-1 to eliminate Travis.