O’Connell 12, Magnolia 0 (5)

GALVESTON — Senior Blake Chapman pitched five shutout innings Monday as the Buccaneers clinched a spot in the playoffs with a win against Magnolia.

Chapman allowed two hits and struck out five batters. He also went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double, two RBIs and scored two runs.

Leadoff hitter Matthew Freed went 2-for-3 with a triple, two RBIs and scored four runs.

Justin Viernes went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and four RBIs, and freshman Gavin Harris went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and scored twice.

The Buccaneers finished the regular season 6-9 overall and 3-6 in TAPPS District 6-3A, clinching the fourth playoff seed from the district.

By Adam Yanelli

Van Vleck 14, Hitchcock 1 (5)

VAN VLECK — The Hitchcock Bulldogs had no answers in a loss to Van Vleck on Monday in District 26-2A play.

Michael Parker hit a leadoff home run for the Bulldogs, and Jared Mancuso, Logan Holt and Drager Landry added singles, but it was nowhere near enough offense.

Mancuso started the game on the mound for Hitchcock and lasted one inning. He allowed five runs — one earned — on three hits and walked three batters.

Kyle Cook relieved and went the rest of the way, giving up nine runs — six earned — on 12 hits with a walk and four strikeouts.

By Adam Yanelli

Clear Creek 4, Clear Springs 2

LEAGUE CITY — Wildcats starter Zach Esquivel kept the Chargers’ bats at bay, allowing just two runs — one earned — on three hits and striking out five in seven inning for a District 24-5A win Tuesday.

Esquivel seriously flirted with a no-hitter, surrendering his first hit with one out in the seventh inning.

Harrison Hill had a hit and drove in two runs for Clear Creek, and teammate Stephen Garcia had one RBI.

Tyrone Thomas and Jacob Vasquez each drove in a run for Clear Springs.

By Jim Levesque

Clear Lake 4, Dickinson 3

DICKINSON — The Gators couldn’t quite keep up with Clear Lake on Tuesday, losing a close District 24-5A contest.

Trailing 4-1, Dickinson scored twice in the bottom of the fourth — on a wild pitch and an errant throw following a single — to pull within one. The Gators had runners on first and second base with no outs in the seventh and advanced a runner all the way to third but failed to bring home the tying run.

Joey Silvas went 3-for-4 with a double for Dickinson, and Joel White had a hit and one RBI.

Joel McDonald doubled and drove in two runs for Clear Lake.

By Jim Levesque

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