High school roundup: Lady Oilers get through bi-district
Defending Class 5A softball state champion Pearland found itself in a 0-1 hole against Fort Bend Travis in the bi-district playoffs, and then decided to take it up a notch, or 10, in a convincing move into the second round.
The Lady Oilers dropped their postseason opener 4-2 to Fort Bend Travis last week, but the next day, Pearland pounded out 11-0 and 7-0 shutouts to advance against Deer Park, which blanked West Brook 6-0 in a one-game bi-district battle.
"I thought they came out fired up and ready to take care of business on Saturday (April 30)," Pearland coach Laneigh Clark said. "After losing on Friday night, I felt they did a great job of getting their emotions in check and sticking with the game plan we had talked about. The enthusiasm was great by all players and made the night fun."
Pearland meets Deer Park in this week's area playoffs with game one at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at Deer Park, game two at 6 p.m. Friday, May 6, at Pearland, and if needed, game three follows game two.
"Deer Park beat us 1-0 at our tournament earlier this season," Clark said. "They have a ton of depth, and have won over 30 games (32-4), and that's a sign of a good team.
"They also have a new coach (Carrie Austgen), so I'm sure they are excited about that as well as their opportunities."
Deer Park's Caitlin Plochek was the winning pitcher in the shutout of West Brook last week, and 10 different Lady Deer recorded one hit apiece with Lindsey Warburton driving in two runs with a double, and Kristen Davenport (double), Alexis Garcia (triple) and Haley Harrison all recording a hit and RBI.
"We have our prom this weekend, and the Deer Park coach was very understanding with the scheduling of games, and really easy to work with," Clark said.
If Pearland, the district's third seed, gets past Deer Park, it could set up an all-District 24-5A region quarterfinals with the Lady Oilers and Alvin, which won a state championship in 2008 and captured the 24-5A title this season.
"There is no way we're looking ahead or past Deer Park," Clark said. "This week is a big challenge, and if we're successful, then we'll prepare for whatever is next."
Pearland senior Daniel Hernandez meets Austin Bowie's Jacob Belanger at 9 a.m. Monday, May 9, in the Class 5A boys singles quarterfinals at the UIL State Tennis Tournament at the University of Texas Penick-Allison Tennis Center.
A victory puts Hernandez in the semifinals at 1:30 p.m. Monday against New Braunfels' Tanner Brown or Southlake Carroll's Austin McCasin.
The state finals are at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 10, with Bellaire's Alex Stoupine, McKinney Boyd's Parker McGuiness, Harlingen South's Tomas Stillman and Mansfield's Andrew Korinek trying to advance out of the lower half of the bracket.
More information and updates available at www.uiltexas.org/tennis/state.
Alvin advanced to the second round of the Class 5A Region III softball bracket by sweeping Clements 6-1 and 10-6 in the bi-district playoffs last week.
In 4A-III, Friendswood was edged in the opening round in a pair of 1-0 losses to Bay City, and Manvel was swept 6-2 and 11-5 by Foster.
After going 6-1 in the second round of 24-5A baseball, Alvin finished in a tie for second place at 9-5 with Clear Springs and Clear Brook, and all three were one game in back of district champion Brazoswood.
After a coin flip, Clear Springs ended up as 24-5A's No. 2 seed and will take on Fort Bend Travis in the first round, while Clear Brook was No. 3 and plays Dulles and Alvin is the fourth seed and will take on 23-5A champion Clements.
The District 24-4A baseball champion Friendswood Mustangs will meet Foster in the Class 4A Region III bi-district playoffs with game one at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at Foster. Game 2 is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Friendswood. Game three, if needed, is set for 1 p.m. Saturday at Foster.
Friendswood swept Foster 5-1 and 9-8 in the first round last season.
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