It was a frustrating night for the George Ranch baseball team, who was looking to get a big home win to stay in the hunt for a district championship.
But instead, the Longhorns suffered through a no-hitter, as Pearland Dawson got two home runs in the third inning in a 3-0 loss on Tuesday.
Second baseman Tristan Schwehr hit a solo home run in the third inning, followed by a two-run home run by catcher Luke Haas for the only runs in the game by the Eagles off George Ranch starter Easton Malin.
Meanwhile, Dawson pitcher Connor Lee frustrated the ‘Horns by mixing his pitches and keeping the George Ranch batters off-balance. Lee walked four batters and struck out nine.
“We didn’t have any offense today, I think we left our bats in the locker room,” George Ranch head coach Greg Kobza said. “You’re going to run into things like this, but give credit to Lee, he kept us off-balance and I tip my hat to him.”
The only threat the Longhorns had against Lee was in the third inning, when outfielder Jacob Wilson and shortstop Jadon Adams got back-to-back walks with one out. But third baseman Anthony Araguz grounded to a double play to shortstop to end the inning.
After that, it was all Lee. He struck out the side in the fourth inning and retired 10 batters in a row. Malin worked a walk in the seventh, but was stranded as outfielder Nick Martinez struck out to end the game.
Malin gave up six hits and walked only one, but the two home runs he gave up in windy conditions were the big blows.
“(Easton) didn’t pitch bad. A couple pitches were wind-aided,” Kobza said. “Their hitters did a good job and they beat us.”
The one bright spot for George Ranch was the relief effort by pitcher Jake Surratt, who struck out eight batters in his 3.1 innings of work. He came in the fourth inning after the Eagles had the bases loaded, and struck out outfielder Jacob Carriere to get out of the jam. Surratt walked one and gave up only one hit.
The loss dropped George Ranch to 15-5-1 overall and 8-3 in District 23-6A, now three games behind first-place Pearland and one game behind second-place Strake Jesuit. Dawson moved to 15-8-2 overall and 7-4 in district play.
The Longhorns will try to bounce back on Thursday at Alief Elsik.
“We got to forget about this one,” Kobza said. “It’s baseball, it happens from time to time and you can’t dwell on it. But we do have some things to work on.”