When Pearland lost the first game of the best-of-three series to Elkins, head coach Anthony Scalise muttered to himself at the closing inning, “You can’t beat someone when you make errors and mistakes.”
Pearland made three errors and allowed Elkins to score eight runs on only seven hits including a three-run homer in the top of the third when the Knights climbed in the lead for good at 5-3.
The Oilers pulled within one at 6-5 in the bottom of the fifth, but Elkins scored a pair in the top of the sixth and put the game away 8-5.
When the first game was over, all one could hear was the loud parents chanting their praise for their team. What a difference a night makes as the Oilers woke up with a new commitment realizing that their season was over if they didn’t play like the No. 8 team in the state.
Brady Basso took the mound for the Oilers. He pitched five shutout innings, struck out two, walked eight and gave up three hits for the win.
The Oilers scored one run on an RBI single by Jacob Barfield in the first inning for a 1-0 lead.
Neither team scored until Pearland opened it up in the top of the fourth when they plated seven runs for an 8-0 advantage.
Hayden Cole opened with a walk, Kamern Dukes got hit by a pitch, Tyler Kimball laced a single to left field to load the bases.
Nathan Carter lined out to center and then Caleb Maly reached base on an error by the first baseman allowing Dukes to score.
Ryan Diaz singled to centerfield sending Kimball and Maly home for two more runs making the score 4-0. Connor Wong was intentionally walked setting up a double by Jacob Almendarez scoring Diaz and Wong for a 6-0 advantage. Jacob Barfield kept the hitting parade going with a double plating Almendarez for the seventh run in the inning.
The Oilers scored two more runs in the top of the fifth to stretch the score to 10-0 and then the Knights couldn’t answer and the game ended after the fifth in favor of the 10-run mercy rule to even up the series requiring a third and final game.
Pearland jumped out to a 6-0 lead after the first four innings and then traded runs with Elkins over the next three frames to coast to a 13-7 win and eliminate the Knights from the 5A baseball playoffs.
The Oilers will now face Clear Creek in a best-of-three series at the University of Houston. The first game will be Thursday, May 15 at 7:00 p.m. Game 2 will be played on Friday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. and Game 3 (if needed) will be on Saturday, May 17 at 12:00 noon.
Pearland scored a pair of runs in the top of the second as the Oilers loaded the bases setting up a sacrifice fly by Connor Wong to score one run and a run-scoring single by Jacob Almendarez to score another for a 2-0 lead.
Another run scored in the top of the third when Nathan Carter singled home Jake Crain who reached base on a walk.
Three more runs were added in the fourth as Wong doubled and scored on a single by Jacob Barfield. Crain singled to left field to plate Barfield. Kimball singled and Crain scored on the throw to home plate for a 6-0 advantage.
Pearland scored another run for a 7-0 lead in the top of the fifth and then Elkins finally got on the board with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead to 7-2.
Kimball walked to begin the sixth inning and Carter sent a missile over the centerfield wall to increase the lead to 9-2.
Elkins once again answered with three runs in the bottom of the sixth cutting the lead to 9-5.
The top of the seventh was huge as the Oilers scored four runs for a 13-5 lead. Elkins score a pair in the bottom of the seventh, but it was too little, too late as Pearland sent the Knights packing to end their season 13-7.
Brendan Owens started the game on the hill and pitched three innings, gave up five hits, six runs, four walks, two strikes, and a home run. Stephen McBroom stepped in relief in the fourth and allowed only one run on one hit, walked six, and fanned four to pick up the win.
Wong was 1-for-1 with one run scored and one RBI. Almendarez was 2-for-4 with one RBI. Barfield was 1-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Crain was 1-for-1 with three runs scored and one RBI. Kimball was 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Carter was 2-for-4 with one run scored and three RBIs including a roundtripper. Maly was 1-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI.
Pearland will now face Clear Creek in a best-of-three series at the University of Houston.
The first game will be Thursday, May 15 at 7:00 p.m. Game 2 will be played on Friday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. and Game 3 (if needed) will be on Saturday, May 17 at 12:00 noon.