There wasn’t much question whether Friendswood would knock Houston Milby out of the playoffs, it was just a question of when and where.
The game began in Deer Park last Friday in the first game of their best-of-three series. However, a storm with wind and lightening delayed the game. The weather cleared up for a little while and then, as the game was beginning to start, more rain came pouring down.
Both coaches got together and made the decision to move the game to Friendswood and make it a winner-take-all contest.
Friendswood scored four runs in the opening frame as Lael Lockhard led off with a single and Walker Williams walked to set up a two-run double by Lael Lockhard for a 2-0 lead.
Carson Kaufman ripped a double to score Barba and Carter Gwynne hit a two-run single to plate Kaufman for the 4-0 advantage.
The Mustangs added four more runs in the third inning when Barba got his second single and Kaufman added his second double putting runners on second and third. Ryan Dupuis banged out a single that sent both runners on base across the plate for a 6-0 lead.
Bryan Fowler singled followed by Hunter Kirkland got a run-scoring single to score courtesy runner Brandon Augustine making the score 7-1 and then the rain arrived and the decision to resume play in Friendswood on Saturday.
The game began again with the bases loaded with one out in the third. Gwynn was at third, Fowler was at second, and Kirkland was at third. Milby’s pitcher was called for a balk that allowed Gwynne to score for an 8-1 lead.
Milby tried to get back in the game as the Buffs scored three runs with two consecutive RBI hits, a triple and a single to cut the margin to 8-4, but that would be it for Milby.
Ryan Shetter started for the Mustangs on Friday night and allowed one unearned run while striking out five. Lael Lackhart stepped in relief and also pitched three frames, allowed two runs, while striking out five.
Garrett Cragin closed out the game by pitching the seventh inning. Cragin struck out two to secure the win.
Friendswood was led by Drew Barba who was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Kaufman was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI. Gwynne was 2-for-3 with one run scored and one RBI. Kirkland was 1-for-1 with one RBI.
Friendswood will now face district rival Santa Fe in a best-of-three series. The Indians upset defending 4A state champion Tomball.
The series will begin on Thursday, May 15 at 7:00 p.m. Game 2 will be on Friday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. Game 3 (if needed) will be on Saturday, May 17 at 12:00 noon. All games will be played in Alvin at the Nolan Ryan Field.