No. 1 Oilers continue to dominate district foes

PEARLAND — The No. 1 state-ranked Pearland Oilers haven't lost since Thursday, February 26 in an early tournament to begin the baseball season.

Since that time, the Oilers have reeled off 21 straight victories, look like they are going to capture the District 22-6A crown, and are heavy favorites to defend their Region III title which would send them again to the Class 6A state baseball tournament in Round Rock at Dell Stadium in June.

Pearland faced Pasadena last week and found the Eagles a little tougher than expected. The Oilers generated only six hits in the 6-2 victory with one of those a three-run roundtripper by shortstop Tyler Kimball who was 1-for-1 with one run scored and three RBIs.

Kyle Carson picked up the win on the mound with 5.2 innings pitched. He gave up only three hits and two unearned runs while walking four and whiffing four.

Brendan Owens stepped in relief for 1.1 innings and didn't allow any hits or runs while walking one and striking out three.

Pearland scored a run in the top of the second and then neither team was able to generate any offense until Kimball's blast in the top of the sixth.

Pasadena got two runs in their half of the sixth, but the Oilers sealed the game with another run in the top of the seventh and Owens took care of business in the final frame.

Pearland 11 - South Houston 1

The offense was off and running early against South Houston as the Oilers disposed of the Trojans 11-1 to keep their district mark perfect at 11-0 and 21-1 overall.

Pearland put six runs across the plate in the top of the second, two more in the third, and three more in the seventh while the Trojans scored their lone run in the bottom of the fourth.

Casey Michna pitched 3.0 innings, allowed no hits, no runs and struck out four to pick up the victory. Nick Landrum pitched one frame, allowed two hits, one run, and struck out one. Mason Van Noort pitched two frames with no hits and no runs with four strikeouts. Baily Cummings pitched one frame with no hits and no runs with three strikeouts.

Caleb Maly had a hot bat going 2-for-3 with one run scored and three RBIs. Ryan Diaz was 2-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI.

Pearland got doubles from Jacob Almendarez, Diaz, Tyler Kimball, and Cody Williams.

Almendarez, Diaz, Maly (3), Kimball, Seth Mikeska, Jacob Whitehead (2), and Kyle Carson all produced at least one RBI.

Pearland has secured their place in the post-season. They will host Alvin on Friday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m. They will travel to face Sam Rayburn on Tuesday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. The final home game will be on Friday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m against Pasadena Memorial. The final game of the regular season will be on Friday, May 1 at Manvel at 7:00 p.m.