Dobie third baseman Jose Sanchez leaps high in the air in a futile attempt to flag down a high-chop single by Deer Park's Stephen Lopez in the sixth inning.
Ricky Ramirez and Tyler Allen drove in a combined five runs with doubles in the fourth and fifth innings to lead Deer Park to a 16-3 romp over Dobie that allowed the Deer to take firm control of the District 22-5A race.
Ramirez worked five innings to earn the victory for the Deer, 5-0 in district action at the one-third mark. The Longhorns, considered Deer Park's chief rival for the title, fell to 3-2.
The Deer quieted the Dobie home crowd with a four-run eruption in the fourth inning and a five-run explosion in the fifth that gave Deer Park a 9-2 lead. A seven-run surge by the Deer in the sixth enabled the visitors to prevail via the run rule an inning short of regulation.
The Longhorns committed five errors in the contest.
Ramirez doubled in two runs in the third. Allen delivered a deep blow to left-center in the fourth that scored all three runners on base.
Xavier Johnson delivered three hits for the Longhorns, driving in two runs with a third-inning single and another with a single in the fifth.
Going into the second half of district play, Dobie stands tied with Sam Rayburn and Memorial for second place, each with 3-2 records. South Houston is in fifth place with a 1-4 mark. Pasadena is 0-5.
Deer Park's Clay Thompson beats the tag of Dobie catcher Jesus Rendon to score in the third inning.
Dobie's Xavier Johnson bangs a two-run single in the third.
Deer Park left-hander Ricky Ramirez works the third inning.
Dobie shortstop Jose Reyes fires to first to retire Cole Bedford and end the third inning.
Deer Park's Tyler Allen makes a relief appearance in the sixth inning.