Lady O's edge Dobie 5-3 to remain in first place

PEARLAND — So far this season, the Pearland Lady Oilers have cruised past District 22-5A opponents with just a couple of teams who have really tested the young Lady Oilers. That was the case last week when Pearland closed out the first round of league play against Pasadena Dobie.

Dobie came to Pearland determined to challenge the Lady O's as head coach Laneigh Clark faced her alma mater. Dobie's head coach formerly played for Clark in college made the head-to-head battle that much more interesting and intense.

The Lady Longhorns jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the top of the third as Pearland sophomore pitcher Alyssa Denham gave up a single and two doubles that plated three runs.

But the Lady Oilers didn't waste any time as they scored four runs in the bottom of the third to take a 4-3 lead.

Sydney Gutierrez reached base on an error and scored on a single by Lindsey Stewart. Sydney McKay followed with another single to plate Stewart and then Rylie Spell stepped in to blast a two-run homer over the left field wall to put Pearland in front 4-3.

Pearland added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth when Stewart singled to centerfield and later scored on an error making the final score 5-3.

The Lady O's faced Pasadena to begin the second round of district action and blew out the Lady Eagles 16-0 to improve to 17-6 overall and 8-0 in district.

Pearland travels to face Sam Rayburn on Thursday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m. and then will host Alvin on Friday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m.