MANVEL - Jackson Schwank and Chase Albright combined on a six-hitter, as the Foster Falcons blanked the Manvel Mavericks by a 3-0 count Friday night in 24-5A Baseball action at Mavericks’ Field.
Capped by a frustrating bottom of the seventh inning, Manvel (8-12 overall, 7-5 in district) stranded a staggering 10 runners during the evening. Isaiah Walker (2-for-4) and Myles Simmons both reached base for the Mavs after being hit by Albright pitches with one out in the frame. However, Eric Benitez was retired on a liner to center field and Albright then coaxed a game-ending fly ball to right off Tyler Labbe’s bat. Jacob Flores got the Falcons on the board with an RBI single in the third, while Foster added two insurance tallies in the sixth on Cade Sitka’s run-scoring double and Zach Schroeder’s RBI single. Benitez took the hard luck defeat on the mound, allowing six hits and one walk, while striking out nine.
The Mavs, who also dropped a 6-3 non-district decision on Saturday at Clear Creek, remain in playoff contention despite being swept by Foster. Manvel hosts Fort Bend Marshall on Tuesday at 7 p.m. and then plays the Buffaloes again on Thursday in Missouri City at 7 p.m.
Shadow Creek 10 Hightower 0 - The Sharks (15-6-1 overall, 9-5 in 24-5A) won their fourth straight with a four-run first inning Friday night in Pearland.
Ethan Munoz (3-for-3) singled home Lloyd Richards, while winning pitcher Sebastian Soliz helped his own cause with a two-run triple. Soliz worked five innings on the hill, striking out 13 and allowing only two hits.
Ben Greer also provided a two-run triple and two hits in the contest and Joseph Gomez drove in a pair of RBI’s, as well.
Shadow Creek next plays a non-district game at Kinkaid on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Clear Springs 7 Alvin 3 - Not cashing in on early scoring opportunities also plagued Alvin, along with four errors, in suffering their fifth straight defeat at Nolan Ryan Field Friday night.
The Yellowjackets left runners at second and third base to close the bottom of the second inning, while not capitalizing on the getting the lead-off hitter aboard in the fifth, as well
Travis Phelps drove in Carson Keithley with a single to left field to cut the gap to 3-1 in the fourth, but Springs answered with a four spot in the sixth. Mason Schulz provided the big blow for the Chargers with a three-run homer to right to make it 7-1.
Austin Hinson and Zach Sullivan were plunked by Springs’ bases-loaded pitches to pull Alvin within 7-3 in the seventh, but Chargers’ reliever Jay Cunningham retired Levi Whitlock on a fly ball to right field to end it.
Alvin next plays Clear Brook on Tuesday in Friendswood at 6 p.m. and the teams conclude the series here on Thursday at 6 p.m.