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Pearland looks for first title since 1980

Updated: June 11, 2009, 1:03 PM ET
By Jeff Miller | Special to ESPNRISE.com

In a couple of households in Pearland, the excitement of reaching Texas' state baseball tournament is coupled with a horsehide version of those "back in the day" stories.

The Pearland Oilers are making the unlikely trip to the Austin area to face Lufkin in the first of Friday's Class 5A semifinals. Unlikely in that they won Region III, which most followers of Texas high school baseball probably had ceded to any number of Houston-area schools along the way. Bellaire was ranked No. ...

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