Pearland diamondmen drop two straight

PEARLAND — The Pearland Oilers entered their District 22-6A showdown with the Dawson Eagles as the No. 1 Class 6A team in the state. The Eagles entered the contest needing a victory to state in the hunt to make the playoffs.

When the dust had settled between these two rivals, it was Dawson who pulled off the upset with a 4-3 victory that took 10 innings to make a statement.

Pearland outhit Dawson 10-4, but couldn't put together anything offensively.

Each time the Oilers would get on the board, the Eagles would arise to the occasion and match the run.

Pearland scored a run in the top of the first for a quick 1-0 lead, but Dawson answered with a one in their half of the first.

The Oilers got things going when Ryan Diaz doubled. An error then moved Diaz from second to third to set an RBI single by Jacob Almendarez scoring Diaz.

Dawson scored one run of its own in the bottom of the first when Michel Oyervides produced an RBI single to plate Blake Tolar.

Then the two teams would go on a scoring drought that would extend through six innings leaving both teams tied 1-1 at the end of the seven-inning regulation.

The Oilers would take a 2-1 advantage in the top of the eighth when Almendarez scored without the benefit of a hit.

Almendarez was hit by a pitch, advanced to third on a throwing error, and scored on a balk giving Pearland the lead.

But Dawson once again answered in their half of the eighth when Tolar walked, stole second, and scored on a two-out single by Zach Smith to right field to tie up the game 2-2.

The Oilers scored another run in the top of the 10th frame when Cody Williams laced a one-out double to score Eddie Redou who had singled to get on base making the score 3-2.

Dawson pulled off the upset when Toler drew a leadoff walk. Chris Jefferson smashed an opposite field single to left. Both players then stole second and third to set up the one-out game winning hit by Tristan Perez.

After Oyervides struck out, Perez stroked his grounder to the right side of the Pearland infield bringing in both runners to end the game in favor of Dawson 4-3.

Walter Clayton got the win on the mound with one inning of work in the 10th while Casey Michna took the loss in 1.2 innings of relief.

The Oilers will host Pasadena Memorial on Friday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. and then close out the regular season at Manvel on Friday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Alvin 3 - Pearland 0

For the second consecutive district contest, the Pearland Oilers struggled offensively and the pitching was not as strong as has been during the season.

When the Oilers should be peaking into form for a strong run in the playoffs, there seems to be less intensity and passion that should characterize a team that wants to make another run for the state baseball tournament.

The Alvin Yellowjackets arrived at the Oiler Patch with enthusiasm and grit to knock off the No. 3 state-ranked Oilers 3-0.

The game began on Friday and then the rain arrived after only three scoreless innings had been played. The game resumed on Monday to begin the fourth inning.

“We’re not real good right now, to be honest,” Pearland head coach Anthony Scalise said. “We’ve had a phenomenal year, but the whole goal of baseball is to get hot at the right time, and we’re not hot.

“It’s as simple as that. We’re cold at the plate, and our confidence isn’t very good.”

Alvin scored a run in the top of the sixth for a 1-0 lead and then added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh for the 3-0 margin of victory.

Pearland managed only three hits against Alvin’s Joe Dalmolin who sparked the Yellowjackets with a complete pitching performance while Alvin moves to the top of the district leaderboard. Their only loss was a 6-0 loss to the Oilers in the first round.

Pearland is 21-3 overall and 11-2 in district with three league games still on the schedule.

“It’s just the game of baseball," Scalise said. "That’s something that can turn around in one game, but if we don’t get it fixed, it’s going to be a short season for the Oilers, I can promise you that.”