Pearland remains ranked No. 1 in the state

PEARLAND — The Pearland Oilers continue to be the top ranked team in the state and head coach Anthony Scalise has his diamondmen hitting on all cylinders.

Last week, the Oilers continued the unbeaten streak in district with three important victories to improve to 15-1 on the season. The only loss this year came early in the Pearland baseball tournament to Fort Bend Clements.

The Oilers regrouped after that miscue and have reeled off 14 straight and look like they are the favorites to capture the District 22-6A crown and defend their Region III title. The region champion advances to the state baseball tournament where Pearland fell in the state semifinals last year.

Last week, Pearland knocked off Dawson (8-4), Alvin (6-0), and Sam Rayburn (12-3) to improve to 6-0 in district action. They face Pasadena Memorial (Tuesday) and Manvel on Friday, March 31 at home to close out the first round.

Against Dawson, the Oilers took a 3-0 lead into the fourth inning, but the Eagles plated four runs in the top half of the frame for a 4-3 advantage.

But the Oilers got untracked for five runs in the bottom of the fifth for an 8-4 lead and that's the way the game would end.

Pearland pitcher Brendan Owens (4-0) got the win after allowing four runs with only one earned. He struck out eight and walked only one in five innings of work. Casey Michna picked up the save with two frames of relief.

The Alvin game was much closer as the Oilers prevailed 2-1.

Brady Basso got the win for the Oilers as he tossed five innings of shutout ball. He struck out four, walked three and surrendered two hits.

Ben Paddock led the offense going 1-for-3 with two RBIs and one run scored.

The Oilers wrapped up last week with a solid 12-3 win over Sam Rayburn.

Sam Rayburn took an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first including a two-run homer. But that would be all the offense the Texans could muster.

Pearland took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth with three runs to add to the two they scored in the bottom of the first for a 5-3 lead.

The Oilers blew open the game in the bottom of the fifth with seven big runs.

Pearland scored in the fifth on an error, an RBI triple by Ryan Diaz, a passed ball, a single by Eddie Redou, an error, and a two-run single by Brady Basso.

Diaz racked up two RBIs on three hits for the Oilers.

Pitcher Casey Michna got the win on the mound thanks to six strikeouts. He gave up just three hits over five shutout innings.