After watching Clear Falls overcome a late deficit here three days earlier, the Alvin Yellowjackets delivered their own rally magic to knock off the now district co-leading Knights 11-9 Friday in League City.
The win dropped Falls into a first-place tie with Friendswood in the 24-6A baseball standings. Alvin (8-16 overall, 3-7 in district) produced its second biggest inning of the season with the previous being a 15-run outburst at Dickinson April 3.
The Jackets trailed 9-3 entering their final at-bat in the top of the seventh inning, but sent 12 batters to the plate and exploded for eight runs.
“We’re young, but this team never gives up. That’s one thing you can always count on,” Alvin head coach George Banda said. “They play Yellowjacket baseball.”
Logan Ptak (double) and Charles Gordon (single) sparked the seventh-inning comeback with RBI hits and after Jerran Schiller reached on an error, Spencer Ouellette’s two-run double to right field cut the gap to 9-7. Carson Keithley was retired by reliever Evan Lingo on a grounder for the second out, but Travis Phelps and Paul Kindervater followed with back-to-back run scoring doubles to tie it at 9.
Kindervater then scored the go-ahead tally for Alvin, when Austin Hinson’s fly ball was misplayed in left field for an error and Noah Webb drove in Hinson with a single to left for an 11-9 lead.
Jonathon Pascale led off the Falls’ seventh with a bunt single towards second base, but Kindervater retired the next three hitters, coaxing Tanner Blackwell’s game-ending grounder back to the hill. Blackwell had slugged a grand slam homer for the Knights during an eight-run third inning.
Ptak (three hits and four RBI’s) also went deep for Alvin with a solo blast in the fifth after smacking a two-run double in the second.
Gordon and Ouellette chipped in a pair of hits in the contest, as well.
The Jackets next meet Clear Brook Tuesday in Friendswood at 7 p.m.
Manvel 8 St. Pius 0 - Myles Simmons got the win on the mound for the Mavericks (16-9) in this non-district affair Friday in Houston.
While not playing on the district circuit last weekend, Kelly Kerlin’s team moved into sole possession of second place in 23-5A with Galena Park losing at Galveston Ball Friday. Santa Fe leads the district standings with a 10-2 mark, followed by 8-3 Manvel and Ball, Elkins and Park, who are tied for third place with 8-4 marks.
Damon Fernandez and Jonathan Jones drove in two runs apiece for Manvel at St. Pius and Eric Benitez added two hits.
The Mavs next host Fort Bend Marshall Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Shadow Creek 13 FB Marshall 3 - The Sharks cruised to a double digit triumph Friday in Missouri City.
Aidan Griggsby fanned eight in six innings to pick up the win on the mound and helped his own cause with three hits and three RBI’s. Elijah Scott also delivered a three-RBI game, while Joseph Gomez drove in two runs, as well, and Aaron Gray and Jordan Jackson added two hits each.
Shadow Creek next hosts Elkins Tuesday at 7 p.m.