Lady Oilers edge George Ranch 5-4 in 10 innings

PEARLAND — It took 10 innings, but the Pearland Lady Oilers scored a run in the bottom of the 10th inning to edge the George Ranch Lady Longhorns in a District 23-6A clash.

The win enabled the Lady O's to grab a share of the 23-6A title with Dawson as both finished 12-2 in league play while splitting their two district games with each other. They also both lost to Brazoswood.

Dawson entered the season as the defending 23-6A champion so they will maintain a share of the crown for this year.

The two teams went head-to-head on Monday night to determine seeding for the playoffs.

Pearland jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third frame.

Kaylee Tarlton led off the third inning with a double to right field while Morgan Lowe followed with a single sending Tarlton to third base. Allie Wiseman is put out on a sacrifice allowing Tarlton to score and sending Lowe to second base.

Gabrielle Davila singles to left to and pinch runner Alaina Hampton advances to third. After Bridgett Verchiens walks to load the bases, Alyssa Fort hammers a two-out single to right field to plate Hampton and Davila for a 3-0 advantage before George Ranch gets the final out of the inning.

The Lady Oilers would get another run in the bottom of the fourth when Natalie Myers launched a leadoff solo home run over the left field fence to make the score 4-0.

But George Ranch wasn't going to go away as they scored three runs in top of the fifth and another run in the top of sixth to knot up the game 4-4.

That's the way the game would stay until the bottom of the 10th inning when Pearland final got the game winning run on a two-out walk with the bases loaded.

Myers and Tarlton hit back-to-back singles while Hampton walked to load the bases. After George Ranch got a strike out, Davila worked the pitcher to a 3-2 count before getting the walkoff ball that would bring Myers home for the 5-4 win.

Top hitters for Pearland was Tarlton (4-for-4, one run), Myers (2-for-5, one run, one RBI on a HR), Fort (2-for-5, two RBIs), and Davila (1-for-3, one run, one RBI).

Fort was the winning pitcher as she surrendered two runs on seven hits over eight and two-thirds innings, striking out eight. Myers threw one and one-third innings in relief out of the bullpen.