Alvin's late game surge edges Lady O's

PEARLAND — It is very difficult for any team to go undefeated in district play, especially if there are a few teams that have equal talent. The Pearland Lady Oilers went through the first round of league action undefeated, but that came to a halt against rival Alvin as the Lady Yellowjackets used late game heroics for a 7-4 win. Now both teams are tied atop the district leaderboard as the Lady Oilers beat Alvin  7-1 in the first round.

Both teams were tied 2-2 entering the top of the seventh inning and that's when Alvin came alive to score five runs for a 7-2 advantage thanks to a grand slam home run by Vanessa Segura. Pearland couldn't keep pace scoring a pair of runs in their final at bats to come up short 7-4.

Pearland entered the contest with a nine-game district win streak, but the Lady O's weren't able to take advantage of some early scoring opportunities.

Alvin's Kaitlyn Males and Pearland's Alyssa Denham were in a pitcher's duel throughout the first four innings until Alvin broke the scoreless drought with two runs in the top of the fifth frame.

But Pearland answered in their half of the fifth when Madison Clements hit a shot to left for a single. Lindsey Stewart followed with a infield bunt and Ashlynn Walls walked to load the bases.

Sydney McKay continued the rally with a single to centerfield to plate Clements and Stewart to knot up the game at 2-2.

That's the way the game stayed until the top of the seventh when Alvin scored their five runs.

But Pearland didn't go away that easy as McKay got hit-by-a-pitch to take first base. Rylie Spell stepped up to blast her ninth home run of the season to close the gap to 7-4, but Males closed out the game to get the win in a complete-game performance.

Pearland put runners on base on almost every inning, but were unable to cash in each opportunity.

"You have to remember that our team is very young," Pearland head coach Laneigh Clark said. "We have to learn from our mistakes as the season winds down and we approach the playoffs. Alvin came into the game well-prepared and they played a heck of a game."

Senior Kristin Cuyos was 2-for-4 with a double while Spell and McKay each had two RBIs. Clements was 1-for-2 with a run scored. Stewart was 1-for-2 with a run scored.

Denham took the loss for Pearland giving up seven runs, five walks with six strikeouts.

Pearland crunched Sam Rayburn 13-1 earlier in the week before facing Alvin.

The Lady Oilers collected 14 hits and Rylie Spell (2-for-2) belted two home runs to register five RBIs and score two runs. Sydney McKay added a triple while Sydney Gutierrez was 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Madison Clements was 2-for-2 with one run scored. Lindsey Stewart was 2-for-2 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBIs. Megan Hiers was 1-for-1 with a double, one run scored, and two RBIs. Ashlynn Walls was 1-for-1 with one run scored and one RBI. Madeline Myers was 1-for-1 with two runs scored.