By DR. DAVID DAVIS
The area baseball and softball players continue to receive post-season honors for their outstanding 2016 seasons.
The Lady Oilers softball team captured the Class 6A Region III title and advanced to the 6A state softball tournament where they won their semifinal contest 4-0 over Weslaco and then came up short in the state championship game to Keller.
Pearland head coach Laneigh Clark won her 600 career game during the regular season and then won her 500th game as the all-time winningest coach at Pearland during the playoffs.
All-State pitcher Alyssa Denham was one of the strong reasons why the Lady Oilers had such a successful season. The tall, lanky pitcher was just named as Pitcher of the Year by the Houston Chronicle.
Denham, who was the District 22-6A Co-Player of the Year, finished the season with a 21-3 pitching record. She pitched 149.33 innings, allowed only 21 runs, held her opponents to a .154 batting average, walked 62, and struck out 227. She had multiple combined no-hitters. She also hit .361 with three doubles, two triples, two home runs and 16 RBIs. Denham was named to the TGCA All-State team and NFCA All-Region squad. She will continue her education and playing career at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
Pearland had two other players named to the first-team and one to the second-team.
Sydney Gutierrez and Ashlynn Walls was named to the first-team infield while Lindsey Stewart was named to the second-team outfield.
Gutierrez, who is a University of Georgia signee, hit .455 with 13 doubles, three triples, six home runs, 25 runs scored, and a team-leading 43 RBIs.
Walls hit .485 with 11 doubles, three triples, 23 runs scored, and 25 RBIs.
Stewart, who signed with UT at San Antonio, hit .477 with four doubles, eight triples, 29 runs scored, 24 RBIs, and 19 stolen bases.
Dawson’s Rylee Rodriquez was named to the second-team infield.
Rodriquez has been a four-year starter for the Lady Eagles and was instrumental in leading them to a tie for second-place in 22-6A. With only four seniors on the team, the University of Texas at San Antonio signee, has been one of the reasons why Dawson has experienced great success.
Rodriguez hit .500 this season with four doubles, 31 RBIs, 24 runs scored, and seven home runs. She has always been a power-hitter as most teams would choose to walk her rather than face her powerful swing. She walked 23 times on the season.
Pearland head coach Anthony Scalise saw two of his players named to the All-Greater Houston first-team.
Pearland pitcher Brady Basso, who was named District 22-6A Most Valuable Player by the league
Basso was Pearland’s ace on the mound this season posting an 8-1 pitching record that included one no-hitter, two shut-outs, and two saves. He tossed 62.2 innings with 107 strikeouts and a sparkling 0.67 ERA.
The Oilers had one other first-team member as outfielder Caleb Maly had an outstanding season. Maly was the top hitter for Pearland with a .455 batting average which included four doubles, 12 RBIs, 32 runs scored, and 30 stolen bases.
Friendswood had one player named to the All-Greater Houston second-team.
Senior pitcher/first baseman Lael Lockhart also earned a spot as a first baseman on the THSBCA Class 6A All-Star All-State team. Lockhart maintained a gaudy .464 batting average this season with 21 RBIs and a .598 on-base percentage.
As a pitcher, Lockhart was solid this season, as well. He posted a 6-2 record with a 2.42 earned run average and 60 strikeouts in 37 2/3 innings.