Oilers continue to be No. 1 in the state

PEARLAND — Pearland head coach Anthony Scalise doesn't worry about his baseball team having the talent to compete. Scalise's biggest challenge is keeping his diamondmen focused since the Oilers are still in the No. 1 spot in the state among Class 6A schools.

Last week, the Oilers weren't very sharp against the Manvel Mavericks and had to get a seventh inning walk-off single to left field from pinch-hitter Ramon Garza to score Ben Paddock who opened up the final frame with a single to centerfield.

Paddock moved to second on a ground out to short and then moved to third on two intentional walks to load the bases with one out setting up the clutch hit by Garza to score the winning run to make the final score 5-4 in favor of the Oilers.

Manvel held the lead for most of the game until the Oilers tied up the score 4-4 in the bottom of the sixth.

The Mavs scored a run in the top of the first, second and two more in the third for a 4-0 advantage.

The Oilers kept pecking away with a run in the bottom of the second, third, fifth, and sixth setting up the final rally for the victory.

Pearland's usually potent offense managed only six hits off of Manvel pitcher's Donavan Lewis and Joey Pate who both went three innings each.

Pearland starter Brendan Owens had a rough two innings before Casey Michna stepped in to close out the Mavs allowing five hits, two runs, no walks, and five strikeouts to pick up the win.

Top hitter for the Oilers was Eddie Redou who was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and one run scored.

It has been sweet revenge for the Pearland Oilers this season when facing the Dobie Longhorns.

While Pearland won the Class 5A Region III title to advance to the state baseball tournament final four in 2014, the Oilers lost twice during the regular season in district to Dobie who won the District 22-5A crown.

This year, the Oilers have swept the Longhorns in convincing fashion 13-1 and 10-0 ending both games with the 10-run mercy rule over the defending champions.

Pearland scored seven runs in the first three innings. An RBI single by Jacob Almendarez and an RBI single by Eddie Redou in the opening frame, plus a solo shot by Seth Mikeska during the second inning fueled Pearland's offense early.

Meanwhile, Brady Basso put together a nice outing. Dobie managed just one hit off of the Pearland lefty, who allowed no earned runs, walked three and struck out four during his four innings of work.

Mikeska was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and four RBIs to lead the offensive charge. Ryan Diaz was 2-for-3 with two runs scored while Almendarez was 3-for-3 with one RBI. Caleb Maley was 1-for-2 with two runs scored.