No. 1 Pearland gets two big wins

PEARLAND — When you are the top-ranked team in the state, opposing teams pull out all the stops to take you down.

Last week, Pearland got a strong effort in district play from Pasadena Memorial who almost pulled off a major upset.

The Oilers had to score two runs in the top of the seventh to pull out a 4-3 victory over the Mavericks.

Trailing 3-2 entering the top of the seventh, Seth Mikeska opened with a clutch double. Jacob Whitehead sacrificed pinch runner Caleb Maly to third.

Maly scored the tying run on a sacrifice by Jacob Almendarez making the score 3-3.

Ryan Diaz followed with a single and then Ben Paddock reached base on an error while Diaz motored around the bases to score on a throwing error to give Pearland the 4-3 lead.

Casey Michna pitched the final frame and got the needed three outs to pick up the win for the Oilers.

Brady Basso started the game and pitched three innings giving up four hits, two runs, one walk and striking out three. Brendan Owens took over in the four and pitched three frames, gave up one hit, one earned run, two walks, and two strikeouts.

Pearland is now 7-0 in district.

Pearland 6 - The Woodlands 0

Pearland faced The Woodland who had upset on the minds, but that never materialized as the Oilers stepped up their game against one of strongest team in the area in a non-district contest.

Kyle Carson pitched five shutout innings as Pearland defeated The Woodlands, 6-0

Carson allowed just two hits and struck out three before Bailey Cummings and Nick Landrum each pitched one inning of scoreless relief.

Ryan Diaz led the offense for Pearland going 2-for4 at the plate including two RBIs. Catcher Jacob Whitehead also proved to be a clutch hitter going 1-for-2 with two RBIs. Eddie Redou drove in a run with a double.

Others who contributed to Pearland’s nine-hit attack were Tyler Kimball, Cody Williams, Raymon Garza and Jacob Almendarez.

The win improved Pearland, the state’s No. 1 ranked team, to 17-1.