Pearland diamondmen take out Dawson; fall to Alvin

PEARLAND — The Pearland Oilers beat Dawson 5-2, but fell to Alvin 1-0 to break a tie for the district lead. The Yellowjackets slip into first place with a game lead over the Oilers as the regular season is coming to an end.

Pearland scored five runs in the first inning for a 5-0 lead over Dawson and they rode the lead to the district win.

The Oilers scored in the first on a hit by pitch, a two-run single by Bailey Cummings, and a two-run single by Parker DeLeon.

Cummings racked up two RBIs as he was 2-for-3 at the plate with one scored. Parker DeLeon was 1-for-2 with two RBIs.

Pearland pitcher Mason Van Noort limited Dawson to only two hits with no earned runs, four walks and four strikeouts during his four innings of work on the hill. Jason Roblyer pitched the final three frames allowing three hits, one run, and seven strikeouts with one walk.

Dawson pitcher Walker Clayton took the loss as he walked two, struck out four and allowed five runs.

Dawson scored a run in the top of the third and one in the top of the sixth to close the gap to 5-2, but that's as close as they would get.

An RBI double by Blake Toler fueled Dawson's comeback attempt.

Alvin 1 - Pearland 0

Pearland got a superb performance by Brady Basso on the mound, but it proved to not be enough as the Oilers dropped a heartbreaker to Alvin 1-0 giving the Jackets a one-game lead for the district crown.

The Oilers are now12-2 while Alvin is 12-1 only a few games left in the regular season. Both teams have already punched their ticket to the post-season.

Basso allowed only two hits, but an opposite-field double to right by Kade Morris that sent Corbin Henry across the plate with the game's only run in the bottom of the sixth is all that Alvin needed. Henry reached base on a one-out single to left to get on base.

But the Oilers had their chance to possibly pull out the game in the top of the seventh.

Parker DeLeon reached base on a one-out error and Caleb Maly singled with two outs. However, Jacob Whitehead struck out to end the game.

The sixth frame also gave Pearland a huge opportunity as they loaded the bases with no outs.

But two strikeouts and a ground out ended that threat.

"That's baseball for you," Pearland head coach Anthony Scalise said. "You always have a couple of opportunities in a game to get it done. When you have your three and four-hole hitters strike puts you in a bind.

“All we had to do there is put the ball in play, and we probably score. We didn’t do it.”

Pearland will travel to Pasadena Memorial on Friday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m. The Oilers will host the regular season finale on Friday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. against Manvel.