Pearland drops series to Langham Creek

PEARLAND — It was either feast or famine in the best-of-three baseball series between Pearland and Langham Creek in the Class 6A Region III semifinals.

Neither team could muster any offense in the opening game of the series as Langham Creek pulled out a 1-0 win in nine innings to take the first game.

The second game was a battle back-and-forth before the Oilers were able to pull out a 5-4 victory.

The bottom of the second saw Pearland take an early lead, 3-0 as Joseph Barfield doubled to start things off. Macord Foran followed with a double that sent Barfield across the plate for a 1-0 lead. Bailey Cummings banged out an RBI double to score Foran and Caleb Maly sent Cummings home with a sacrifice fly giving the Oilers an early 3-0 advantage.

Creek tied up the game 3-3 in the top of the fifth, but the Oilers added two more runs in their half of the fifth on a walk by Cody Williams and a two-run homer by Foran that traveled over 275-feet over the left field wall at the UH baseball stadium.

The Lobos added one more run in the top of the sixth, but Pearland held on to pull out the game 5-4 to send the series to a deciding third game.

Langham Creek 10 - Pearland 8

Pearland's Cody Williams almost single-handedly beat Langham Creek in the pivotal third game of the best-of-three series, but the Lobos took advantage of a few miscues by the Oilers that allowed them to pull out a 10-8 playoff win to end the season for Pearland.

Williams was 2-for-3 with a pair of two-run homers over the left field wall resulting in four RBIs and two runs scored.

“He’s (Williams) been our four-hole hitter all year,” Pearland head coach Anthony Scalise said. “He’s been a huge asset to us. Today was a big day for him. When he can have two home runs, that’s substantial for our team, for our offense. If he’d have hit a couple more, we’d have been all right.”

Langham Creek scored in every inning except the seventh frame.

With the score tied 8-8 in the sixth, the Lobos got the break they were looking for when they loaded the bases and then a slow roller to third looked like a routine play that would send the game to the seventh still tied.

Instead, the ball rolled through the third baseman's legs and with two-outs, the Lobos were running resulting in two runs able to cross the plate giving Langham Creek a 10-8 lead and eventually the series to end Pearland's playoff run and season.

“It’s one of those things when you play a series and you’re rained out a day,” Scalise said. “You get to a point where you’ve got to throw everything you have at your double-header. Just so happened, that was today.”

Creek opened up the game with a run in the top of the first for a 1-0 lead.

Pearland responded with three runs in their half of the first to take a 3-1 lead.

The Lobos then started their string of scoring innings with one in the second, three in the third, one in the fourth, two in the fifth and the game-winners in the sixth.

Pearland scored five runs in the bottom of the third for an 8-3 lead, but couldn't stop the Lobos the rest of the way.

“Just to be here, obviously that’s a goal for us every year, to try and get to this point,” Scalise said. “We came across a really good team that could swing it. I’m really happy for my kids. We played well. We scored some runs early, kept some pressure on them, but it seemed like every inning, they were coming back.”

Pearland concludes their season with a 29-7 mark.