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Angleton's Roark goes out on top

Angleton’s Ryan Roark went out on top. vype

After coaching for 29 years, Roark is retiring and going into to private sector. He plans on spending much more time with his wife, Kelly, and two daughters.

“My dad coached for 37 years, so I grew up in high school football from birth,” he said. “Now I have the ability to retire, make my own schedule at my new company and pay back my family for all the sacrifices they’ve made for me. It’s emotional. I’m sad and happy. I’m really excited to move onto the next chapter of my life.”

The timing was spot-on as the Wildcats reached the state semis in December, before falling to Manvel.

“This was a special year,” he said. “It was so fun because every kid got to play meaningful minutes and made a difference. The camaraderie and chemistry was off the charts and the winning became contagious. You don’t have those kind of years very often.”

The reason was that Angleton had an historic year, putting up 55 points per game while just giving up 3.5 points and going 13-1.

“The stars just lined up, but I’m going to miss it terribly,” he said. “The thing I will miss the most is the relationships you build with your staff. They become like brother. The Friday Night Lights experience was amazing and the day-to-day interaction with the kids is tough to walk away from. Seeing young boys develop into young men is what it’s all about.”

While no decision has been made, the likely replacement would be defensive coordinator Jason Brittain.

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Houston's winning streak is up to nine

Astros secure series over Orioles as winning streak continues

Zack Greinke provided another long outing for his team on Tuesday. Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images.

After continuing their recent dominance with a lopsided win over this Orioles team on Monday in the rain-plagued opener, the Astros eyed number nine in a row if they could do it again on Tuesday. Though not as one-sided, the Astros would get the victory to secure the series win.

Final Score: Astros 3, Orioles 1

Astros' Record: 45-28, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Zack Greinke (8-2)

Losing Pitcher: Jorge Lopez (2-9)

A tame start for Houston's offense

After a scoreless first inning on both sides, Myles Straw started the scoring with two outs in the top of the second, sneaking a ball off and over the left-field wall just out of the grasp of Austin Hays for a solo homer to put Houston ahead 1-0. After Baltimore tied the game in the third, the game remained gridlocked 1-1 until the top of the seventh, when Chase McCormick would reach on a one-out infield single then raced around to score on a Myles Straw RBI single, putting Houston back in front 2-1.

Greinke pitches into the eighth

Over that span, Zack Greinke was getting efficient innings against Baltimore's lineup. He allowed that trying run in the third, which came after a one-out walk moved to third on a single, then scored on a sac fly. That was one of his few moments with runners in scoring position, as he erased a single in the first, a single in the fourth, and a double in the seventh to maintain the new 2-1 lead.

The Astros loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the eighth but came away with only one run of insurance on a McCormick sac fly, making it 3-1 as Greinke returned to the mound to continue working. He allowed a leadoff single then retired the next batter before Dusty Baker would come out to get him as the left-handed portion of the lineup was due up and a better match for Brooks Raley, who had been warming. Greinke's final line: 7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 91 P.

Astros make it nine in a row

Raley completed the eighth for Greinke with two strikeouts to strand the inherited runner. With it still a two-run game in the bottom of the ninth, Ryan Pressly entered for the save. He erased a two-out single to finish things off, giving Houston their ninth win in a row and securing the series with a chance at the sweep in the finale.

Up Next: The finale of this three-game set will be another 6:05 PM Central start time on Wednesday. Thomas Eshelman (0-0, 1.93 ERA) will be on the mound for Baltimore to face the Astros, while Jose Urquidy (5-3, 3.65 ERA) will start for Houston.

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