Softball: Lady Oilers surviving
For the second straight week, the defending Class 5A state champion Pearland Lady Oilers climbed out of a 0-1 postseason hole to advance in the Region III playoffs.
Pearland dropped their area playoff series opener to Deer Park 3-2 last week, but the next day, the Lady Oilers swept the Deer 12-2 and 10-2 to move into this week's third round against Pasadena Memorial.
The region quarterfinals best-of-three battle has Game 1 at 7 p.m. today, and Game 2 at 7 p.m. Friday, May 13, with a possibility that start times could be moved to 7:30 p.m. Game 3, if necessary, will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 14, with all at Deer Park High School.
Pearland has lost to Pasadena Memorial twice this season by scores of 4-2 and 4-3 during non-district play in early March.
"Memorial has good pitching and defense, and one of the best catchers (Sydney Aguilar) in the area," Pearland coach Laneigh Clark said. "They have kids like we do who can get on base and run the bases, and others who can hit the long ball, so it should be another interesting series."
The Lady Oilers started the postseason with a 4-2 loss to Fort Bend Travis, but then came back to win the bidistrict set with an 11-0 and 7-0 sweep the next day.
"Being down after the first game, you have your back against the wall, and the kids have just done a great job of responding to the challenges," Clark said. "We had players making a difference throughout the lineup, and we used all four pitchers (seniors Jessica Bowden and Brooke Dubois, junior Haley Beam and sophomore Katie Blanar) against Deer Park, and they all did a good job."
Pasadena Memorial finished third in 22-5A, and eliminated 21-5A runner-up Baytown Sterling 3-0 and 10-1 in bi-district, and 24-5A champ Alvin 11-1 and 3-2 in the area round.
The Pearland-Pasadena Memorial winner advances to the region semifinals against Bellaire and Katy.
The region quarterfinals matchups in the bottom half of the 5A Region III bracket are Katy Taylor vs. Cy-Fair, and Dobie vs. Brazoswood.
"Every team is very good, and you don't dare look past anyone or anything," Clark said. "If you do, you're going to be in trouble."
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