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Late runs help Deer squeak by Pearland

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

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Blake Martin’s two-run double broke a 5-5 tie and sent the Deer baseball team to a 7-5 win and series victory over Pearland to advance in the playoffs This weekend. Deer Park swept the Oilers after taking a 1-0 victory in Game 1. Next up for the Deer is Clear Springs beginning Thursday at 7 p.m. at Rice University.

The Deer baseball team grabbed a spot in the Region III quarterfinals with a 7-5 victory over Pearland. The win completed a two-game playoff sweep. The Deer will face off against Clear Springs in a best-of-three series beginning Thursday at Reckling Park at Rice University at 7 p.m. Game 2 will be at Crosby High School at 7:30 p.m. Friday. If a third game is needed, it will also be at Crosby 4 p.m. Saturday.

Deer Park took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second when a Pearland error scored Josiah Ortiz and Connor Berry. Pearland cut the lead in half in the bottom of the inning.

Two innings later, Deer Park rallied for a 5-1 lead, with RBIs from Austin Mitchell, Chase Keng and Clayton Aguilar.

The Oilers scored in the fifth to close the gap to 5-2.

Facing elimination in the seventh inning, the Oilers temporarily wiggled off the hook, notching five straight singles to tie the game at 5-5 and sending it to extra innings.

In the Deer Park ninth, Blake Martin doubled home Aguilar and Ortiz to give Deer Park the 7-5 lead.

In the ninth, Ortiz worked around a one-out single to retire the side and send Deer Park to the next round. Ortiz pitched the last two frames to earn the win, striking out three while allowing no runs on three hits and one walk.

Clay Aguilar started the game, giving up three runs on four hits, striking out six and walking four. Adrian Gonzalez gave up two runs on four hits and a walk in one inning of work.

In Game 1, Deer Park was held to two hits on the night, but one of those hits was enough to help Deer Park eke out a 1-0 win. In the Deer Park sixth, Mitchell scored on a Pearland error. He was put into scoring position by Ortiz’s single earlier in the inning.

Peyton Sherlin got the win, going 6 and a third, scattering five hits, walking one and striking out six. Arian Gonzalez got the save, retiring the last two batters of the game.