Pearland stays in hunt for district title

PEARLAND — The Pearland Oilers rode the strong pitching performance of Jacob Barfield while getting timely hits to defeat the Alvin Yellowjackets 4-1 to stay in the hunt for the district crown. Pearland is now 25-2 overall and 9-1 in district.

Barfield allowed only one hit and one run while the Oilers gave the big righthander all the support he needed in getting the win.

Pearland got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second when Barfield opened with a single and Hayden Cole followed with a double to plate courtesy runner Ben Paddock for a 1-0 lead. Later in the inning, Kamren Dukes hit a two-out double to bring home Jake Crain who reached base on a fielder's choice for a 2-0 advantage.

Pearland added another run in the bottom of the third and fourth increasing the lead to 4-0 before Alvin got their only hit of the game for a run in the top of the fifth to close the gap to 4-1.

Barfield closed out the Jackets the rest of the way to register the win. He allowed one hit, one run, two walks, and three strikeouts.

Alvin's Tristan Deriso also did a good job on the mound limiting the Pearland high-octane offense to only four runs, four hits, three walks, and three strikeouts.

Jacob Almendarez was 1-for-4 with one RBI. Barfield was 1-for-2 with one RBI. Kamren Dukes was 1-for-1 with an RBI. Hayden Cole was 1-for-2 with an RBI.

Pearland 11 - Sam Rayburn 4

Pearland slammed Sam Rayburn 11-4 to sweep the Texans in district play. The Oilers offense pounded out 12 hits led by Connor Wong who was 3-for-4 with a triple and double scored two runs and drove home three RBIs.

Ryan Diaz was 1-for-2 with a triple, three runs scored, and one RBI.

The Oilers left no doubt as to the outcome as they opened the first frame with four runs, added two more in the top of the second and third innings for a commanding 8-0 lead.

Brady Basso was the starter and he allowed no runs on no hits while striking out two in three innings of work to pick up the win.

Pearland head coach Anthony Scalise went on a pitching parade as Casey Michna (two hits, three runs, one walk) took his turn for less than an inning before Jacob Barfield, Brendan Owens, and Stephen McBroom closed out the game.

Tyler Kimball was 2-for-4 with one run scored. Hayden Cole was 1-for-4 with a run scored. Kamren Dukes was 1-for-3 with one RBI. Nathan Carter was 1-for-4 with one run scored.

The Oilers will travel to Pasadena Memorial on Friday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. and then host Manvel on Tuesday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m.