Lady Oilers move past Brazoswood 9-2

PEARLAND — Pearland head softball coach Laneigh Clark said at the start of this season that she had never had such a young team to begin the season with, but knew that if her girls could gain experience as the season progressed, she was confident that her team would do well.

Her confidence in the work ethic of her young team has proven her right at this point as the Lady Oilers are now 5-0 in District 23-6A after getting a 9-2 win over Brazoswood who has always been an area power.

Pearland scored first in the bottom of the second inning when junior Kayla Gonzalez reached base on a fielder's choice and scored on a single to right by sophomore Bella Rodriguez for a 1-0 lead.

Brazoswood would answer with two runs in the top of the third for a 2-1 lead.

Pearland broke the game open starting in the bottom of the fourth with a pair of runs and then added three more in the fifth and nailed the coffin shut in the sixth with three to post the 9-2 final score.

The fourth frame sparked the offensive surge when Gonzalez walked and then second baseman Maddie Guillen blasted a two-run homer over the left field fence to give the Lady O's a 3-2 advantage that they would not relinquish for the rest of the district game.

In the fifth, Pearland got singles from Bridgett Verchiens and Rylie Martin to set up a single by pitcher Alyssa Fort to right field bringing both runs home for a 5-2 lead.

Gonzalez followed with a ground ball to third that was booted scoring the run from second for a 6-2 advantage.

Pearland put the candle on top of the cake in the sixth when Gabby Davila reached base on an error followed by an infield single by Verchiens. Martin then laced a double to score both runners making the score 8-2 and Gonzalez smashed a double to plate the final run of the game.

Fort picked up the win after pitching seven innings and allowing two runs on five hits with four strikeouts and no walks.

Pearland scored nine runs on eight hits for the win.

Leading hitters for the Lady Oilers include: Verchiens (2-for-4, two runs), Martin (2-for-4, two runs, two RBIs), Gonzalez (1-for-3, two runs, two RBIs), Guillen (1-for-3, one run, two RBIs, HR), and Rodriquez (2-for-3, one RBI).

“We are being consistent, but there’s a lot more that could happen from quite a few people on this team,” Clark said. “But you know, you don’t win championships in March. Our goal is to get better in April and May.

“We’re happy with the win. Brazoswood is a very well-coached team with good kids, and they’re historically one of the best teams in our area. Anytime you get a win over them, it’s big.”