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WHILE NIMITZ WON THE DISTRICT TITLE, IT WAS ALDINE WHO STOLE THE HEADLINES, REACHING THE REGIONAL FINALS IN THE POSTSEASON – ONE GAME AWAY FROM THE STATE TOURNEY.

The Mustangs finished fourth in District 16-6A, behind the Cougars, Westfield and Eisenhower. Obviously, the 'Stangs were saving their best for last.

Aldine got hot, beating nationally recognized The Woodlands, Cypress Lakes, Langham Creek and Sachse, before falling to College Park in the fifth-round. Leading the way were Raymond Chairez, Elvin Rodriguez, Cesar Ramirez and Kelvin Vazquez.

Nimitz won their first-round game against Klein Oak, but then lost to Langham Creek, while Eisenhower lost its opener to College Park.

The Cougars swept the postseason awards as Eduardo Romero and Jared Flores were named District co-MVPs. Denzel Martinez was the Defensive MVP, David Magana was the Goalkeeper of the Year and the Coach of the Year was Oscar Nunez.

Alberto Sosa, Denzel Martinez and Jesse Orenday all joined them on the first-team as well. Adolfo Segundo will also be a player to watch as the sophomore earned Newcomer of the Year accolades.

Eisenhower had a solid season going 6-4-4 on the year. Fortino Reyes, Jose Cardenas and Osiel Robledo were the IKE studs.

Other notable stars were District Offensive MVP Marlon Jacinto of MacArthur and Davis freshman Oscar Canizales.


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Houston couldn't keep up

Astros fall to Blue Jays as Toronto gets homer-happy

Houston's bats couldn't keep up with Toronto's Saturday night. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

With an offensive clinic in the opener on Friday night, which helped them handily defeat the Blue Jays, the Astros returned to Minute Maid Park Saturday with a chance to secure another series. Toronto had other plans, though, reversing roles with Houston by getting big home runs to even the series.

Final Score: Blue Jays 8, Astros 4

Astros' Record: 17-16, third in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Steven Matz (5-2)

Losing Pitcher: Cristian Javier (3-1)

Toronto flips the script and turns on their offense against Javier

Toronto flipped the script from the night before early in this middle game of the series, dealing damage to Cristian Javier, who so far in 2021 had been able to limit his amount of earned runs. After retiring the first four batters he faced, a one-out walk in the top of the second set up the Blue Jays' first hit of the night, a two-run home run by Cavan Biggio, giving them a 2-0 lead over Houston.

After a leadoff home run made it a 3-0 score, Javier would deal with the fallout of more walks in the top of the third, issuing two to set up a two-out two-RBI double to give the Jays a commanding 5-0 advantage. Javier would battle back and complete five full innings, getting one out into the sixth before a walk would prompt Dusty Baker to make the call to the bullpen. His final line: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 8 K, 2 HR, 91 P.

Alvarez keeps mashing as Houston tries to claw back into it

Javier would exit with at least some runs on the board in support of him, with Yordan Alvarez hitting a two-run opposite-field homer in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead to three runs. Alvarez accounted for another run in the next inning, coming through with an RBI-single to make it 5-3, which is where the game stood as Andre Scrubb would take over in the top of the sixth.

Scrubb finished that inning for Javier and returned for a 1-2-3 seventh to keep it a two-run game. Bryan Abreu was the next reliever, and he, too, was able to retire the Blue Jays in order in the top of the eighth. The Astros continued to chip away at Toronto's lead, getting another run in the bottom of the inning on an RBI by Yuli Gurriel to make it 5-4 heading to the ninth.

Toronto evens the series

Brooks Raley entered to try and keep it a one-run game with a clean inning, but instead, two runners would reach on a walk and error before Joe Smith would enter to try and strand them. Instead, a two-out home run put the game back out of reach at 8-4, with Houston coming up empty in the bottom of the inning, setting up a rubber match in the finale.

Up Next: This series's third and final game will be an afternoon start of 1:10 PM Central on Sunday. Zack Greinke (2-1, 3.76 ERA) will try to add more wins to his record for Houston, while Nate Pearson will be making his 2021 debut for Toronto.

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