Friendswood swept out of the playoffs by Deer Park

FRIENDSWOOD — The Friendswood Mustangs were eliminated from the Class 6A Region III baseball playoffs by Deer Park in their best-of-three series 3-1 and 4-2.

This was the first year for Friendswood competing in Class 6A and they had an outstanding season finishing second in the tough District 24-6A.

Deer Park's Tyler Smith and Friendswood's Ryan Shetter both went the distance but it was Shetter who came out on the short end as the Mustangs were unable to provide with any run support.

Shetter gave up seven hits, four walks while striking out five while Smith allowed five hits, two walks, and struck out six to pick up the win on the mound.

Friendswood did score the first run of the game when Lael Lockhart got hit by a pitch, Shetter got on via an infield single, and Garrett Miller loaded up the bases with a single.

But the Mustangs were unable to add another run as Carson Kaufman struck out and Ryan Bertlesman ended the inning with a groundout.

Deer Park used two back-to-back doubles to take a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth.

The Deer added an insurance run in the top of the seventh to post the 3-1 final score and take a 1-0 lead in the series.

Deer Park 4 - Friendswood 2

With their backs to the wall and needing a win to take the best-of-three series to a third and final game, the Friendswood Mustangs were unable to turn the trick falling to the Deer 4-2 to end their season and head coach Charlie Taylor's coaching career.

Taylor had announced earlier that he was retiring after 27 years with the Mustangs coaching football and baseball.

Deer Park opened up the scoring with three runs in the second frame and that would prove to be enough to end Friendswood season.

The Mustangs tried to rally in the top of the fourth with two runs to close the gap to 3-2.

Friendswood used an RBI single by Andrew Kolodziej and an RBI single by Ryan Bertlesman to pull within a single run, but Deer Park added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth to post the 4-2 final score.

Lael Lockhart took the loss for Friendswood after walking two and striking out eight while allowing all four runs in six innings,