Tradition and youth will characterize Pearland baseball


PEARLAND — One of the key ingredients for the Pearland baseball program is their winning tradition. Pearland head coach Anthony Scalise has done a tremendous job in developing that area of the program and it has helped the Oilers be successful year-after-year.

The Oilers will have to mix that tradition with some young and talented players to challenge for a District 23-6A crown and the playoffs.

"The past few years we've had a lot of guys with a lot of experience, and that's not the case this year," Scalise said. "The good news is that we think we've got some young kids that are really, really good. We've got 18 games before district to kind of figure it all out."

Scalise has a solid infield with Parker DeLeon at second base, Gerardo Garcia at shortstop, Joseph Barfield at first base, and Matt Adams at third.

Two-year starter catcher Jacob Whitehead may move to the outfield that will allow Ryan Weaver to move behind the plate.

In the outfield, sophomore Mason Lytle will take centerfield, sophomore Jase Lofty will take left and Whitehead could take that spot or another hot-hitting player while Whitehead becomes the Designated Hitter.

Pearland should have a good stable of pitchers as Barfield, Garrett Grothe, Aris Jaquez, and Davin Garcia can all man the hump.

"This is the best freshman group we've had in the last nine year," Scalise said. "We'll have a chance to be good, but we'll have some bumps in the road. I don't know much about the Alief schools, but Brazoswood will be fine, and George Ranch is loaded."

This will certainly be a work in progress this year compared to the 28-7 team last year that advanced to the region semifinals.

Pearland has started out at 6-9 this year. The Oilers most recently dropped a 7-5 decision to North Shore while also falling to Fort Bend Ridge Point (9-3) and Alice (10-5).

The Oilers have wins over Clear Springs (6-1), Houston Second Baptist (6-1), FB Clements (5-2), and Angleton (13-4).

Pearland has losses to Dickinson, Atascocita, Clear Brook, Houston Episcopal, and two times to Clear Falls and Friendswood.