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College Park’s Trahan is beast on the mound

Luke Trahan is committed to Dallas Baptist baseball. Photo by yourconroenews.com

Originally appeared on Vype.com.

Stealing the headlines at College Park has been super-hooper Quentin Grimes, who is committed to Kansas. As the basketball season moves into baseball, the Cavs have another star in Luke Trahan. The 6-foot-3 pitcher is one of the top aces in the city and makes College Park a tough opponent in the competitive District 12-6A.

VYPE caught up with Trahan before the season. Getting the inside scoop on the talented righty.

VYPE: When did you realize you could make a career out of baseball?

Trahan: I realized it at Orwall at 12 years-old, when I had a leg up on everyone else. I hit 75 mph and hit most of the home runs.

VYPE: What are the goals for your team in the upcoming season?

Trahan: We need to grow as a team, so that we don’t fall short or get out early in the playoffs like the two previous years. The ultimate team goal is to go to state and I feel we have all the tools to do that. The pitching, fielding and hitting all needs to come together as one for us to be confident in the playoffs.

VYPE: Where do you think you will be playing in the field this year?

Trahan: Sophomore year, I started at third base and moved to right field junior year. This year I am going to play wherever they need me to lead my team. I’ll be the ace of our pitching staff.

VYPE: What was your most memorable moment in your baseball career at College Park so far?

Trahan: During sophomore year Kingwood, College Park and The Woodlands were at a three-way tie to be in the playoffs. I went in to pitch with bases loaded last inning. I struck out the last batter to win the game and secured our spot in playoffs.

VYPE: What led up to you committing to Dallas Baptist University?

Trahan: I went to DBU to play in a showcase with my travel team—Twelve baseball. I pitched one inning before it got rained out and the DBU recruiting coordinator invited me to come to team practice. I fell in love with campus and how welcoming the other players there. Also DBU has done very well in the past and I think I can be a part of helping them improve and ultimately get to Omaha for the College World Series. I’m very excited to go there and grow my relationship with Christ and grow as a baseball player. Coach Heefner and Coach Fitzgerald are amazing and know the game very well as well as Coach McCarty improving me individually as a pitcher.

VYPE: What is it like playing with your twin brother?

Trahan: I always pitch better with him behind the plate, he knows what I want and I know what he wants. Our connection is unmatched. I don’t know if he will play baseball in college but I believe he wants to.

VYPE: What is something no one knows about you?

Trahan: I love to fish I started when I was young with my grandpa, and now it just brings back the good memories with my family.

Mackenzie Malatesta is a student at The Woodlands High School and a part of the VYPE U Internship Program. To learn more about how you can become a VYPE U Intern, click here! 

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Jose Urquidy is a surprising choice to start Game 2. Photo by Getty Images.

After a long and tumultuous season, the Houston Astros made it to their 3rd World Series in five years and will take on the Atlanta Braves Tuesday night.

Houston had the better overall regular season record, so games 1 & 2 will be played at Minute Maid Park while games 3-5 will be held at Truist Park in Atlanta.

(If necessary, the final two contests will be played back at Minute Maid Park).

The Braves got this far by defeating the Milwaukee Brewers in the ALDS 3-1 and the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games (4-2).

Atlanta prevailed with timely hitting from guys like Joc Pederson, Austin Riley and Eddie Rosario performing like an MVP this postseason.

The Braves received solid pitching outings from guys like Ian Anderson, Max Fried and former Astro Charlie Morton.

Atlanta used clutch hitting and solid pitching to make to their first World Series since 1999.

Meanwhile, the Astros made it back to the World Series by defeating the Chicago White Sox in the ALDS 3-1 and out-slugged the Red Sox four games to two.

According to Fox Bet, the Astros are favored at -154 to win the World Series. This is certainly an obtainable goal for Houston's team as they have the experience, hitting and pitching to compete with anyone.

Can Houston's bats stay hot?

The most intriguing matchup this series will be the Astros' bats facing off against this Braves pitching staff. On paper, Houston's lineup seems to be favored for their depth. Jose Altuve at the top of the batting order is always a threat to get on base, and behind him are a plethora of hitters who can drive in multiple runs.

The two best bats this postseason thus far for the Astros are ALCS MVP Yordan Alvarez (.522 batting average) and this year's American League batting title champion Yuli Gurriel (.455 batting average). The Cuban natives have lit up pitching and will look to continue their torrid hitting in the World Series.

Other Astros who could be impactful at the plate against the Braves include Michael Brantley, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker. All three of their batting average's in the .200's respectfully and could come up big at any time.

This lineup is so deep, Atlanta's pitchers won't receive many breaks, if at all this series.

Will the pitching step up again?

Losing Lance McCullers Jr. for the World Series certainly isn't ideal, but not impossible to overcome as proven in the ALCS against the Red Sox.

Framber Valdez pitched the best game of his career when he threw 8 innings and surrendered only one run in Game 3, while Luis Garcia had his best start of the postseason and received the Game 6 win. Both of these pitchers have stepped up in McCullers' absence and will have a huge impact on the series. Valdez is set to start Game 1 on Tuesday night.

If Jose Urquidy and Zack Greinke can also pitch deeper into games, there will be less stress on the bullpen and give the Astros a better chance to stay in games. And we won't have to wait long to see Urquidy, as he will start Game 2, according to Astros manager Dusty Baker.

In an ideal scenario, the Astros' starting pitchers should throw six innings of work and let Kendall Graveman, Ryne Stanek and Ryan Pressly closeout games as they have all season.

Of course this is the best-case scenario, which doesn't always happen, but other arms can be used to bridge the gaps that include Phil Maton, Yimi Garcia in short relief outings and Cristian Javier and Jake Odorizzi can pitch multiple innings if needed.

Even if a starter has a clunker of a start, this bullpen has done a great job of keeping things close and setting up the Astros for success.

Will this be Carlos Correa's "Last Dance" with Astros?

One can only imagine what is going on in Carlos Correa's mind right now. No one is implying that the free agent to be will not be focused this series, but it's hard to fathom this upcoming offseason isn't a distraction right now.

The 27-year-old shortstop is set to receive multiple offers from different teams and land one of the richest contracts once this season concludes.

If this truly is his final season with the Astros, why not go out on top and win one more title before moving on?

Let's hope this "Last Dance" for Correa is a slow one, so we can all enjoy it a little longer.

Will Dusty's experience prove to be a difference-maker?

Dusty Baker's experience could be beneficial for Houston's chances of hoisting another trophy as he has managed teams in parts of 24 seasons.

He's the only skipper to ever lead five franchises to the postseason and obtain more than 2,000 career victories.

This is the second time he as taken a club to the World Series. He took the 2002 San Francisco Giants to the Fall Classic but lost to the Angels in seven games.

It's safe to assume the 72-year-old seems eager to win his first championship as a manager to cap off a Hall of Fame career.

Final projection

As previously mentioned, the Astros are favored to win this series. If Houston can continue to stay hot at the plate, receive solid outings from their pitchers and just play Astros baseball, there is a good chance this city will have yet another Commissioner's Trophy in their display case.

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