Oilers remain undefeated in league action
Friday, March 22, 2019
PEARLAND — The Pearland diamondmen continue to take care of business in their quest to repeat as District 22-5A champions. With two wins last week, the Oilers improved their overall record to 20-1 and 5-0 in league play.
Facing an always tough Alvin squad, the Oilers and Yellowjackets were in a pitcher's dual until Pearland broke open the game in the top of the seventh with five runs.
Tied 1-1 after six innings, Ryan Diaz got a one-out single, moved to second on a pass ball, and scored off a double to right field by Jacob Almendarez to break up the tie game giving the Oilers a 2-1 lead. But Pearland wasn't finished.
Skyler Valentine walked to load the bases putting Almendarez and Connor Wong, who walked before Diaz on second and third.
Jacob Barfield hit into a fielder's choice at shortstop sending Wong across the plate while Valentine was tossed out at second leaving runners at the corners.
That set up a double by Hayden Cole to plate two more runs and then Cole would score on an error making the final 6-1.
Jake Crain went the distance on the mount allowing only one run on two hits, three walks, and five strikeouts.
Cole was 1-for-3 at the plate with one run scored and two RBIs. Almendarez was 1-for-3 with one run scored and one RBI. Wong also scored a run and had an RBI.
Pearland 9 - South Houston 5
Pearland scored four runs in the first inning and three in the second for an early 7-0 lead and then cruised past the South Houston Trojans 9-5 for a district win.
Pearland head coach Anthony Scalise used five different pitchers in a mound marathon with Brady Basso picking up the win in only 2 1/3 innings of work.
South Houston scored a run in the bottom of the third and then the two teams traded runs in the fifth leaving Pearland in front 8-2. The Trojans made a final effort with three runs in the bottom of the sixth, but the Oilers scored a run in the top of the fifth and then closed the door for the 9-5 victory.
Jake Crain led the way going 2-for-4 with one run scored and two RBIs. Jacob Almendarez was 1-for-3 with two runs scored. Skyler Valentine was 1-for-4 with two runs scored. Nathan Carter was 2-for-3.