Friendswood rallies for 7-5 win over Alvin
Facing a four-run deficit after two innings wasn’t the script Friendswood head coach Steve Hecker wanted his team to follow Friday night at Bobby Black Field.
However, once the Mustangs corrected their mental state, Friendswood rallied for a 7-5 victory over Alvin in a District 24-6A finale, a win that should serve as a momentum-builder entering the playoffs.
Friendswood finishes as the No. 2 seed from 24-6A and will take on Pearland in bi-district at a time and site to be determined.
“Down four runs…that’s never how you want to start a game,” Hecker said. “Alvin’s a tough team with great players and great coaches.
“They came out on fire, lighting up the 6-hole, and we had our hands full early.”
Friendswood battled back from a 5-1 hole with a 3-run third inning, two runs in the fourth and leadoff hitter Johnnie Nemecek’s solo home run to left in the fifth.
“I was pleased with the way we attacked the baseball and never gave up,” Hecker said. “Whether we win or lose that game, I was glad to see we showed a lot of fight.
“In baseball or life, it’s about what you’re going to do when adversity is knocking at your door.”
Thad Horman’s single to center brought home Friendswood’s first run in the bottom of the first inning to pull the Mustangs within 2-1.
After Alvin scored three times in the second to build its healthy cushion, Friendswood continued its resurgence on offense.
The Mustangs loaded the bases on Izaac Pacheco’s single, a walk to Calvin Whitaker and a single by Horman. Jake Davis then reached on an error, allowing a run to score to make it 5-2.
With Nick Smith at the plate, Alvin was called for a balk, bringing home the Mustangs’ third run. Friendswood then trimmed the lead to 5-4 on a wild pitch with Reid Nickerson batting.
The Mustangs’ go-ahead rally in the fourth inning started with a Pacheco walk, and he was wild pitched to second before coming home on a Horman single to left.
One out later, Bradley Flaum produced the game-winner, drilling a double to right-center field for a 6-5 Mustang lead.
Nemecek’s dinger to left in the fifth provided a dose of insurance for the Mustangs.
Garrett Hurst worked the first inning on the mound for Friendswood before Bradley Wilcott pitched the next four, striking out four.
Mustang left-hander Brandon Deskins fanned three in pitching the final two innings.
Horman’s three-hit, two-RBI night highlighted the Mustang offensive production.
“I don’t know if you’re ever comfortable going into the playoffs,” Hecker said, “but in terms of the way we’re playing and our mind set, I’m confident in what we can do.”