Pearland rallies for win over Dawson diamondmen 12-7

PEARLAND — It looked like it was going to be a lopsided win for Pearland and then the Oilers had to rally after falling behind to pull out a 12-7 district win over cross-town cousin Dawson.

The win gives the Oilers an early 2-0 league mark while Dawson falls to 0-2.

After both teams were scoreless after the first three frames, Pearland struck first in the top of the fourth when Clayton Broeder singled, Adam Vackar walked, and Carter Allen blasted a 375-foot home run to give the Oilers a 3-0 advantage.

The Oilers stretched the lead to 5-0 when Shawn Huber doubled, an RBI single by Mason Lytle that scored Huber and Lytle would eventually cross home plate on a wild pitch.

The Eagles finally got on the scoreboard in the fifth on a triple by Jacob Ramirez and an RBI single to right field by Hayden Curry to cut the lead to 5-1.

But Pearland scored a run in the top of the sixth when Walter Maeker smashed a pinch-hit homer that cleared the right field fence to make the score 6-1.

Dawson woke up in the bottom of the sixth with 6 runs to take a 7-6 lead.

The Eagles opened up the sixth with a walk to Jalen Freeman and Zachery Mack followed with a one-out single to left. Jacob Carriere smacked a triple to right-center that plated Freeman and Mack to cut the lead to 6-3.

Ramirez drew a walk and Curry laced a single to left scoring Carriere to narrow the score to 6-4.

Carter Ostrom reached base on an Oiler error and Jarrett Tadlock hit into an out at the plate.

Tristen Schwehr reached base on a bloop hit that resulted in a three-run double and a 7-6 Dawson lead.

But the fireworks weren't over as Pearland came roaring back with six runs of their own in the top of the seventh that would prove to be the demise of the Eagles.

Cole Smajstrla led off the Pearland seventh with a walk and was then balked to second. Broeder then ripped a double to centerfield, tying the game at 7-7.

Vackar put a bunt single down the third-base line, and the throw to first went into right field, allowing Broeder to score for an 8-7 edge.

Allen followed with a bunt single up the first base line in which no one covered first base.

Another bunt with Brandon Sliwinski at the plate resulted in a run down between first and third. The ball was eventually thrown around the horn with another throwing error resulting in a 9-7 Pearland lead.

Matthew Shepherd followed with a squeeze bunt down to third, bringing home Sliwinski for a 10-7 advantage.

Pearland leadoff hitter Heladio Moreno then slapped a slow roller down the first base line which resulted in an infield single, and Huber ripped a two-run double to left-center for the 12-7 score.

Dawson was unable to find any runs in their half of the seventh and the Oilers prevailed 12-7.

“Our kids don’t have a lot of quit, and they don’t have a lot of experience,” Eagles head coach Kerry Cox said. “Both of those showed up today.

“We see a lot of things from our kids in the heat of battle. We’re still on a journey. We just have to focus on the next pitch, the next play.”

Leading hitters for Pearland included: Moreno (2-for-5, one run), Huber (3-for-5, one run, two RBIs, 2B), Lytle (2-for-5, one run, one RBI), Broeder (2-for-4, two runs, one RBI, 2B), Allen (2-for-4, two runs, three RBIs, HR), and Maeker (1-for-1, one run, one RBI, HR).

Top hitters for Dawson included: Schwehr (2-for-4, three RBIs, 2B), Carriere (1-for-4, one run, two RBIs, 3B), Ramirez (1-for-3, one run, 3B), and Curry (2-for-4, two RBIs).

Matt Adams was the starting pitcher for Pearland and he gave up two runs on six hits, struck out three and walked one. Colby Casey pitched in relief and gave up three runs on two hits, and walked one. Lytle picked up the win with a 1.2 inning performance allowing two hits, one run, and striking out two.

John Rawlinson took the hill for Dawson and went six innings allowing eight hits, six runs, eight strikeouts, two walks, and two home runs. Josh Howard pitched in relief and gave up one hit, two runs, and a walk in the seventh, but didn't get any outs. Carter Ostrom took over in the same frame and gave up three hits, and four runs before getting the Oilers out.