Lady Oilers come up short against Brazoswood

PEARLAND — Pearland and Brazoswood have had a mixed history against one another over the past 10 or so years. Their head-to-head battles are epic and the same could be said about their single-game playoff game last week. It was a winner-take-all contest with the loser eliminated from the Class 6A Region III playoffs.

Brazoswood had a lot of positive momentum coming into the game after knocking off the 2014 Class 5A state champion Deer Park Lady Deer. In fact, Deer Park had been the most dominate team in Region III for the past four years with as many trips to the state softball tournament.

On the other hand, Pearland was also riding a 16-game winning streak prior to meeting Brazoswood so both teams were playing at a high level of intensity.

The Lady Deer jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning to set the tone of the game

The Lady Oilers answered with a run in the bottom of the second to make the score 2-1.

Ashlynn Walls, who led off the frame with a single, later scored on a ground out by Madison Clements.

Brazoswood would score a single run in the top of the third and fourth, but Pearland would also score in the bottom of the third to stay close at 4-2

Pearland would get closer in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 4-3 and create a little more excitement down the stretch thanks to an RBI single by Sydney McKay.

However, the Lady Buccaneers added two more in the top of the sixth to make the game 6-3.

A run in the bottom of the sixth left Pearland within striking distance at 6-4.

Pearland head coach Laneigh Clark took out junior starting pitcher Alyssa Denham in favor of freshman Adrianna Chavarria in the top of the sixth with two out.

The young pitcher allowed no hits, no earned runs, and didn't walk anyone while striking out two in relief keeping the Lady O's in the game.

Facing elimination, Pearland gave their best effort trailing by two run.

Lindsey Stewart led off the frame with a walk, Kaylee Buck singled past third putting runners on first and second.

However, Sydney McKay hit a hard liner back to the pitcher for one out and Buck was caught off the bag at first to complete the double play.

But the Lady O's were still alive when Hoppens tripled over the right fielder sending Stewart across the plate to bring Pearland within one run 6-5 with two out.

Sydney Guttierrez stepped up to the plate and was perhaps the hottest hitter for the Lady Oilers after she slugged two homers against Fort Bend Clements the week before in Pearland's sweep over the Lady Rangers.