Friendswood gets past Galena Park 7-4

FRIENDSWOOD — Friendswood continues to keep themselves in a spot for the playoffs as they edged Galena Park 7-4 to improve their district record to 6-4.

The Mustangs took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning after a one-out first-inning error was costly for Galena Park, as Spencer Beck smashed an RBI double, scoring Devon Andrews for the Mustangs’ first run.

But it was a big fourth inning that saw six consecutive two-out baserunners that aided the Mustangs to score five runs in the inning to jump out to a 6-0 advantage.

After Izaac Pacheco started the hitting parade with a triple, a Bradley Wilcott walk and run-scoring hits from William Sweeney (two-RBI single), Kevin Newkirk (RBI double), Dylan Maxey (RBI single) and Asa Ehrlich (RBI single) followed for a Friendswood 6-0 lead.

Galena Park capitalized on leadoff runners in both fifth and sixth innings to score its final two runs of the game. The innings were mixed with three singles in the fourth and two walks and a hit in the fifth.

A two-out rally in the top of the seventh helped the Mustangs add an insurance run when Jacob Valdez singled, Andrews walked and Beck connected on a run-scoring single.

Santa Fe 5 - Friendswood 1

Friendswood faced league-leading Santa Fe and came up short 5-1.

The Mustangs took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Devon Andrews doubled with one out, and then Spencer Beck followed that up with an RBI single.

The Indians would tie up the game 1-1 in the top of the third and then blow the game open in the top of the sixth with four runs and a 5-1 lead that would stand the rest of the way.

Santa Fe loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the sixth thanks to a Bryce Montemayor leadoff walk that was followed by back-to-back singles from Cameron Bennett and Billy Parker. After a force out at home, the Indians took the lead on an error, and an RBI single by Albert Garza pushed the lead to 4-1. Another error allowed another run to score, and Grant Pfaff drew a bases-loaded walk for the 5-1 lead.

Rome Shubert threw a complete-game gem for the win on the mound. After giving up two hits and a run in the first inning, Shubert was lights out, with just two more base hits allowed for the rest of the game. His final line was seven innings pitched, four hits, one earned run, five strikeouts and one walk.

Beck (2-for-3, one RBI) had half of Friendswood’s total base hits.