Clear Creek eliminates Pearland from the post-season

PEARLAND — The quest of the Pearland Oilers to defend their Region III baseball championship and make a return to the 2015 state baseball tournament came to halt by the Clear Creek Wildcats in the third and deciding game of their best-of-three series.

Clear Creek won the first game 6-3 and Pearland rallied to take the second game 7-6 to set up the deciding game of the series.

In the opening game of the series, Pearland jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead when Seth Mikeska reached base on a one-out single to left field. Eddie Redou smashed a double to left-center to score Mikeska. Tyler Kimball reached base on an error moving Mikeska to third. Jacob Whitehead then hit a squeeze bunt to score Redou.

Pearland was in good shape until the fifth frame when the wheels fell off allowing Clear Creek to score five runs for a 5-2 advantage.

Creek added another run in the bottom of the fifth for a 6-2 lead.

The Oilers made an attempt to get back in the game in their last at bat, but they could only score one run making the final 6-3 and giving Clear Creek a 1-0 lead in the series.

Pearland 7 - Clear Creek 6

In a must-win situation, the Pearland Oilers didn't waste any time in letting Clear Creek know they weren't going to go down easily.

The Oilers score three runs in the bottom of the first as Ryan Diaz led off with a double to left-center. Caleb Maly, Ben Paddock, Eddie Redou, and Tyler Kimball all followed with singles giving Pearland a 3-0 lead.

Clear Creek answered in the second inning with a pair of runs to close the gap to 3-2.

But the Oilers added another run in the bottom of the third when Kimball got an RBI single to score Redou after he opened the inning with a walk.

Pearland starting pitcher Brady Basso allowed two straight singles, tossed a wild pitch and a run down that allowed Creek to score before the third-out tag moving the Wildcats to a 4-3 deficit.

The fourth inning produced another run for the Oilers when Jacob Whitehead and Diaz both singles. A sacrifice bunt by Maly and Jacob Almedarez's RBI single scored another run for a 5-3 lead.

Creek wasn't going away as they scored another run in the fifth after hitting a triple and a run-scoring single to make it 5-4.

The Oilers made it 6-4 when Kimball was hit-by-a-pitch and Cody Williams walked. Whitehead laid down a bunt and the throw was wild which allowed Kimball to score.

Clear Creek took advantage of a couple of pitching changes as Stephen McBroom was called in to relieve Basso in the top of the sixth after Basso walked the leadoff hitter. McBroom issued two straight walks to load the bases.

Pearland head coach Anthony Scalise immediately went to Kyle Carson to relieve McBroom and he unleashed a wild pitch that score another run for the Wildcats. After an intentional walk, Carson let loose of another wild pitch to score another run and to tie up the game at 6-6 before the Oilers could get out of the inning.

Scalise brought in Casey Michna to take over for Carson and he promptly struck out the next two hitters to preserve the tie.

That set up the game-winner for Pearland as Seth Mikeska launched a one-out missile over the left field wall for a solo home run and a 7-6 lead that evened the series at 1-1.

Michna did his part to shut down the Wildcats in the top of the seventh to pick up the win.

Clear Creek 4 - Pearland 3

Pearland head coach Anthony Scalise will always look back knowing that his team should have won this game to move on in the playoffs.

It is good sportsmanship to give credit to the other team for getting the win, but deep inside, anyone who watched this game knew that Pearland should have won.

Mistakes by the Oilers allowed the Wildcats to steal this contest to advance in the playoffs.

Thanks to two players by Clear Creek and three errors by Pearland, the Oilers dropped a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to the Wildcats.

Austin Adams made three run saving catches for the Wildcats when it appeared that the Oilers would score a lot more runs than what they did.

Adams also hit a fly ball down the left field line that eluded the Pearland outfielder for a double. A single, a wild throw to try and get Adams at the plate resulted in a 4-3 lead and the eventual win for Creek.

Meanwhile, Aron Solis, who lasted only 19 pitches against Pearland in the second game, was a different pitcher in game three as hit allowed five hits, three runs, walked two, and struck out six to pick up the win.

Pearland scored two in the second and one if the fifth while Clear Creek scored one in the bottom of the second, two in the fourth and the game-winner in the sixth for the 4-3 victory.

Brendon Owens took the loss allowing seven hits, four runs, one walk, and one strike out in five frames. Two of the runs were unearned due to the Pearland miscues. Stephen McBroom pitched one inning in relief.

Three throwing errors by the Oilers proved to be the difference in the outcome of this game thus ending Pearland's season at 27-6-1.