Dobie upsets Oilers in district showdown

PEARLAND — The Pearland Oilers entered their district contest against the Dobie Longhorns ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 2 nationally by MaxPreps. All through the season, one of the strong points of the Oilers has been their pitching and hitting.

Pearland pitcher Jake Crain did his part limiting the Longhorns to only three hits, but the Pearland offense collected only two hits and those two came from Tyler Kimball who was 2-for-2, but no one got on base for him to drive home.

For Dobie, the win moves them into first place with a 7-0 mark while Pearland falls to 6-1 entering the second round of league play. The loss snaps a 12-game winning streak for the Oilers.

Sophomore pitcher Jesse Paredes tossed the complete game for Dobie to pick up the win.

The Oilers committed five errors which contributed to their demise.

Neither team scored until the Longhorns put two runs on the board in the top of the fourth frame. They added two more in the top of the sixth thanks to two more miscues for a 4-0 lead.

Pearland answered with a run in the bottom of the six when Skyler Valentine and Jacob Almendarez each walked, Jacob Barfield was hit by a pitch, and Seth Mikeska drew a bases-loaded walk to plate Valentine and cut the margin to 4-1. Crain pounded line drive to right field, but the wind held it up for the third out of the inning.

The Oilers fall to No. 2 in the state and their two losses were a result of committing five errors in each loss.

"We've lost two games this year, and both games we've made five errors," Pearland head coach Anthony Scalise said. "It doesn't matter who you're playing. With five errors, you're not going to win many games."

Pearland falls to 22-2 overall.

Pearland 11 - Pasadena 1

The Oilers rebounded from their loss to Dobie with an 11-1 thrashing against Pasadena.

Pearland's offense came unwound with 12 hits and scored three runs in the first, two in the third, and put the game out of reach with six runs in the bottom of the fourth for an 11-0 advantage. Pasadena managed one run in the top of the fifth, but the 10-run mercy rule went into effect at the end of the inning for the Eagles giving Pearland the 11-1 victory to begin the second round of district play.

Ryan Diaz was 3-for-3 with three runs scored. Kamren Dukes smashed a double, was 2-for-2 with one run scored and one RBI. Jacob Barfield was 1-for-2 with a triple, one run scored, and five RBIs. Connor Wong was 2-for-2 with three runs scored and one RBI. Tyler Kimball was 2-for-2 with one run scored. Jacob Almendarez was 1-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI.