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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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After the Mariners came alive late in Monday's series opener to hand the Houston the loss and keep their playoff picture hanging in the balance, the Astros returned to T-Mobile Park on Tuesday to try and decrease their magic number. Here's how the middle game went:

Final Score: Astros 6, Mariners 1.

Record: 28-27, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Framber Valdez (5-3, 3.57 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Casey Sadler (1-2, 5.40 ERA).

Both teams trade first-inning runs

The Astros struck first in Tuesday's game, not waiting around until the ninth inning to get on the board. Instead, they jumped out to an immediate 1-0 lead after a two-out RBI-single by Kyle Tucker in the top of the first. The Mariners responded quickly, though, getting a leadoff single in the bottom of the inning before a two-out RBI-double of their own to tie it 1-1.

Astros score five in the sixth

The 1-1 score held all the way until the top of the sixth when the Astros would flip the script from the night prior, taking advantage of some mistakes by Seattle to put up a big inning. First, Michael Brantley started the inning with a solo go-ahead homer to make it 2-1. Then, Kyle Tucker would get his third hit of the night with one out before eventually scoring after a walk and two wild pitches, making it 3-2. With two walks to keep the inning alive and put some insurance runs on base, Martin Maldonado took advantage with a big three-run home run to extend the lead to 6-1.

Valdez finishes seven strong, Astros even series

After allowing the one run in the bottom of the first, Framber Valdez recovered and put together a solid outing on the mound. He allowed just five hits total, two of which came in the first, then back-to-back singles in the fourth and a single in the fifth, while otherwise keeping the Mariners at bay. He would end up completing seven innings of one-run baseball while striking out eight. His final line: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0 HR, 108 P.

After Valdez, Enoli Paredes would take over in the bottom of the eighth, working around a leadoff single to get a scoreless inning to keep it 6-1. In the non-save situation, Josh James would come in for the bottom of the ninth and finish off the win for Houston.

Up Next: The finale and rubber game of this three-game set will start a bit earlier on Wednesday, with first pitch scheduled for 5:40 PM Central. The pitching matchup will be Nick Margevicius (1-3, 5.35 ERA) for the Mariners going against Zack Greinke (3-2, 3.90 ERA) for the Astros.

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