Deer Park matched Clear Springs’ opening-game pitching masterpiece with one of its own to take a 6-1 win in Friday’s second contest at Crosby.
The two teams return to the Crosby field for Saturday’s deciding contest at 4 p.m.
Seeking to match the shutout thrown by Chargers junior Blake Schultz in Game 1, Deer counterpart Clay Aguilar fell one out short.
Drew Minter put Clear Springs on the board with a two-out solo home run down the right field line in the bottom of the seventh.
Aguilar finished with a three-hitter, striking out 10 without a walk.
A trio of Chargers pitchers were not as fortunate.
Starter Jeff Arnaud and relievers Michael May and Ty Luper combined to walk six batters and throw three wild pitches.
Base hits by Josh Gatewood and Dalin Stanton were all Clear Springs could manage before Minter’s solo shot in the second.
Trey Luper was robbed of extra bases when Chase Keng made a diving catch in center field to end the sixth inning.
Deer Park put up single runs in the first and fourth innings before breaking through with four runs in the top of the seventh.
Keng had run-scoring hits in the first and seventh frames for the Deer.
Clear Springs pitching contributed in the fourth when a single from Blake Martin was followed by two walks and a wild pitch.
The Deer finally broke the game open when they batted around in the seventh.
Keng, Josiah Ortiz and Chris Vela had run scoring hits for Deer Park, with teammate Blake Martin adding a sacrifice fly.
Deer Park finished the contest with nine hits.