Pearland diamondmen back on the winning track

PEARLAND — As the regular season is coming to a close, the Pearland Oilers seem to have found their winning groove back as they edged Sam Rayburn 3-0 and run-ruled Pasadena Memorial 14-3.

The once No. 1 state-ranked Oilers recently lost their focus after suffering two straight losses to Dawson and Alvin leaving them in second-place in the District 22-6A standings.

The defending Region III champions have had their sights on returning to the 6A state baseball tournament and are still considered the favorites to repeat as the region champions, but the hitting and pitching needs to gain momentum as the regular season winds down.

Pearland will close out district action on Friday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m. at Manvel High School. Then the real season will begin when they find out who they will be facing in the playoffs.

Pitcher's Mason Van Noort, Jason Roblyer and Bailey Cummings were responsible for Pearland's return to the win column in a 3-0 win over Sam Rayburn.

Van Noort pitched two innings giving up no runs, one hit and fanning three. Roblyer tossed two shut-out innings with two strikeouts. Cummings needed only seven pitches to finish off the Texans in the seventh frame as he pitched no-hit ball over the last three innings.

Brendan Owens rolled a routine grounder to the first baseman that got muffed leading up to a Jacob Almendarez score in the fourth. Almendarez had opened the inning with a double down the right field line.

In the sixth, Seth Mikeska singled to left, scoring Almendarez again, who had doubled for a second time, this time to left field.

Pearland opened up the first with an RBI single by Cody Williams for a quick 1-0 lead.

The Oilers got only eight hits while Sam Rayburn was held to only three dingers.

Pearland 14 - Pasadena Memorial 3

The offense for the Oilers finally woke up out of its slumber by scoring 14 runs on 11 hits including two doubles by shortstop Tyler Kimball and one two-bagger by Ben Paddock.

Pearland took control of the game early by scoring four runs in the bottom of the first and second frams for a quick 8-0 advantage.

Memorial managed one run in the top of the fourth, but the Oilers answered with six more runs for a 14-1 lead.

The Mavericks did score two more in the top of the fifth, but the 10-run mercy rule went into effect ending the game 14-3 after five frames.

There were several players who had multiple hits including Ryan Diaz (2-for-2, 3 runs scored), Caleb Maly (2-for-4, one run scored, 2 RBIs), Cody Williams (2-for-2 with three runs scored), Tyler Kimball (2-for-2, one run scored, 4 RBIs), and Ben Paddock (1-for-1, one run scored, 1 RBI).

Casey Michna pitched 2.1 scoreless innings with one strikeout to pickup the win on the hill. Stephen McBroom hurled 1.2 frames giving up one hit, one run, one walk, and one strikeout. Andreus Faltesek pitched one inning and allowed two runs, two hits including a home run.