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Armani Sanchez has a never ending love for the game of baseball

Armani Sanchez has a never ending love for the game of baseball
Armani Sanchez, Heights shortstop Vype

Armani Sanchez is the most dominant high school baseball player in Houston, Texas.

He plays shortstop for the Heights Bulldogs and he just recently fulfilled a lifelong dream by committing to play college baseball for the Oklahoma Sooners.

Sanchez is coming off a season where he had a batting average of .432 including 13 RBIs and 22 runs for himself.

“What makes me good at baseball I believe is my baseball IQ,” Sanchez said. “I know where I’m supposed to be at all times. I stay ahead of the play and I’m very coachable.”

In addition to his IQ, Sanchez is a “never too high, never too low” type of guy.

No matter how successful he is on the field, he feels there is always room for improvement, and even when he fails at something, he tries to remain positive.

Sanchez has been holding a bat in his hand since the age of four, and he credits his mother with having the biggest impact on him being the dominant player he is today.

“My mom has been my #1 supporter since day one,” Sanchez said. “There are no words to describe my mother mainly because she’s a single mother which to me is the toughest job in the world.”

VYPE Q&A

VYPE: What led to your decision to commit to OU?

Sanchez:  Oklahoma has always been a dream school to me. As soon as I got to campus they made it feel like home. I love all sports and I love to see all of Oklahoma athletes succeed.

VYPE: What got you into playing baseball?

Sanchez: I’ve been holding a bat since I was four years old and it has stuck with me thanks to my family. I’ve fell in love with the competitiveness also.

VYPE: What’s something your coach always tells you?

Sanchez: “Learn how to take failure cause failing is a part of life.”

VYPE: If you could play a different sport, what would it be?

Sanchez: Baseball is what I live for.

VYPE: Favorite quote and/or bible verse?

Sanchez: F.F.L which means “FAMILY. FOR. LIFE”. That’s stuck with me since I was a young kid. I also have it marked on my cleats.

VYPE: What’s your dream job?

Sanchez:  My dream job is to be a professional baseball player.

VYPE: What’s your favorite hobby?

Sanchez: I would say designing clothes for my friends and our brand. The brand is called Spiffy which means “fresh” and we have 3 crosses on the back cause my friend Alex Botello and  I are strong believers in God. We let Him lead our paths.

VYPE: What’s your biggest fear?

Sanchez: Biggest fear would be planes, but not because of how high they go, but because of the movie, “Snakes On A Plane”.

VYPE: Favorite Artist/Song

Sanchez: Bad Bunny

VYPE: Favorite vacation spot?

Sanchez: Columbia: It runs in my blood.

VYPE: Favorite brand of shoes?

Sanchez: Vans

VYPE: Favorite athlete?

Sanchez: Fransisco Lindor

VYPE: Favorite food or snack?

Sanchez: Mexican food

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Astros defeat the Orioles, 5-1. Composite Getty Image.

Ronel Blanco pitched seven strong innings and Chas McCormick homered twice to lead the Houston Astros to a 5-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.

Yordan Alvarez added a two-run shot to help Houston extend its winning streak to four games.

Blanco (8-2), who threw seven hitless innings in his last start, allowed four hits and a run with three strikeouts for his third straight win.

Alvarez put the Astros on top with his 16th homer, which came off Corbin Burnes (8-3) in the third, and McCormick made it 4-1 in the fifth. McCormick got his fifth career multihomer game when he connected again in the eighth.

Burnes allowed five hits, including a season-high two homers and a season-most four runs in seven innings to snap his career-best streak of 10 consecutive quality starts. He was 5-0 in seven starts since a loss at Washington on May 7.

Jordan Westburg homered in the second for the Orioles, who set a franchise record with 21 straight games with a home run to surpass the 1998 squad's 20-game streak.

Baltimore had troubled stringing hits together Saturday after scoring 28 runs combined in the last two games. The top four batters in their order combined to go 1 for 13 against Blanco and Houston's bullpen.

Ryan Pressly threw a scoreless eighth before Josh Hader struck out two in a perfect ninth to end it.

Westburg connected off Blanco with one out in the second to put the Orioles up 1-0.

Yainer Diaz opened Houston’s second with a triple on a line drive to right field. The Astros tied it when he scored on a sacrifice fly by Mauricio Dubón with one out.

McCormick singled with no outs in the third and the shot to center field by Alvarez came with two outs to put Houston on top 3-1.

McCormick’s home run to the seats in left field extended the lead to 4-1 with one out in the fifth.

Cedric Mullins tripled off the wall in center with one out in the seventh. Colton Cowser hit a sharp line drive, but was robbed of a hit when shortstop Jeremy Peña made a leaping catch for the second out. Blanco then retired Ramón Urías to end the inning and leave Mullins stranded.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros: RHP Jake Bloss, who made his major league debut Friday night, was placed on the injured list with right shoulder discomfort.

ROSTER MOVES

Astros: RHP Nick Hernandez was optioned to Triple-A Sugar Land on Friday night. ... LHP Bryan King was selected to the MLB roster and RHP Luis Contreras was recalled from Sugar Land on Saturday. … RHP Alex Speas was designated for assignment.

UP NEXT

Houston LHP Framber Valdez (5-5, 3.91 ERA) opposes RHP Albert Suárez (3-1, 2.05) in the series finale Sunday.

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