Sterling High School’s hopes for a split against Deer Park went up in flames in an unfortunate fifth inning of baseball Friday night in Baytown.
A six-run inning by their guests erased a 2-1 Sterling lead and despite a late rally, ended proceedings in a 7-5 defeat and a sweep of the week’s games by Deer Park.
Sterling (11-9) was the offensive better of the two teams, 11 hits to seven, but three errors were key in the Rangers defeat.
“We played a very uncharacteristic game tonight,” Sterling head coach Adam Shibley said. “We made some simple mistakes in some defensive situations that we typically are very good at. They led us into some tough spots that were just a little too much to overcome.
“The kids fought back and never quit but we just came up a little short. We’ve got to get back to work and solidify the things that have made us successful throughout the year.”
Nine Rangers had at least one hit with Justin Gonzales and Marcos Garza each finishing with two apiece.
GCM 3, Texas City 0
One down, two to go.
Goose Creek Memorial head coach Brian Williams believed that his team needed to win three of its last five games heading into Friday’s game at Texas City and his Patriots are a third of the way there.
Lane Holman pitched 6.1 innings of two-hit ball, struck out six Texas City batters and left town with a 3-0 win to move GCM to 12-10-2 overall and 7-3 in District 22-5A play.
Noah Butler had a double and two RBI to pace the GCM offense which itself was held to five hits.
Barbers Hill 12, Vidor 6
The Eagles dominance of District 21-5A keeps on keeping on, even if for once it wasn’t easy.
The Barbers Hill squad overcame a 6-1 lead after two innings, pecked away slowly to force extra innings and then blew the game open with a six-run 10th inning for a 12-6 win over its hosts.
Barbers Hill (17-5-2, 8-0) was helped by seven Vidor errors while Raithen Malone won from the bump with 5.1 innings thrown as he struck out nine.
Cameron Cauley and River Orsak each had a team-high two hits while the former had a team-high three RBI.
Ball 6, Crosby 2
The boys from Galveston scored four late runs to pull off a 6-2 win in Crosby and make the host Cougars playoff hopes dim a little bit with two weeks left in the regular season.
The teams were tied after five innings before Ball scored three times in the sixth to take the lead for good.
Crosby (13-9, 4-6) got an RBI triple from Ethan Aloma, who had three of his team’s four hits.