It may be spring break this week, but Galveston County baseball and softball teams will still be plenty busy on the diamond.
Local baseball teams begin district play this week, while softball teams continue to jostle for position in the district standings. Here’s a look at what’s going on:
Last week in review
In District 24-6A, the biggest development was Clear Creek (3-0 in 24-6A) winning a walk-off thriller Friday to topple Alvin and assert early control of the district. Clear Springs got its first district win Friday against a quality Dickinson team after coming up on the wrong end of an extra-innings pitchers duel against Alvin on Tuesday. Clear Falls remained unbeaten in district with a pair of wins, while Dickinson and Friendswood each split games.
It was an up-and-down week for local teams in District 23-5A, as Ball High went 2-10 and ended Santa Fe’s 52-game district winning streak Tuesday. Santa Fe bounced back from the Ball High loss to defeat Texas City in run-rule fashion, while Texas City went 0-2 last week.
Games to watch this week
Clear Springs at Clear Falls: This one should provide one of the best pitching matchups in District 24-6A, as Clear Springs ace and Oklahoma State commit Kelly Maxwell will square off in the circle against Clear Falls freshman phenom Payton Bean. The Chargers will be looking to pick up their second straight win, while handing the Knights their first district loss of the young season. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday.
Santa Fe at Galena Park: Santa Fe (4-1 in District 23-5A) finds itself in a situation it hasn’t seen in a few years, trying to catch up to the district’s first-place team Galena Park (6-0). Lady Indians pitcher Maddy Blake will be backed by a strong defense, while Lady Jackets ace Bailey Richey has been nearly untouchable in recent games. Game time is set for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Game to watch this week
Santa Fe at Ball High: Rarely do these two District 23-5A rivals have a boring game, and the two teams will add another chapter to their long history 1 p.m. Thursday. For Santa Fe, a pair of sophomore pitchers in Rome Shubert and Dalton Stevens have impressed in pre-district play, and the offense will be led by the bats of Josh Blankenship, Tyler Martin and Shubert. Dylan Whitehurst anchors both the pitching staff and the batting order for the Tors, with Austin Lawrence and Jayson Rodriguez also among the better bats on the team.