Mustangs Gallop to a Perfect Season

Cy Ranch finishes 2018 regular season undefeated

This is the third time in the past five seasons the Mustangs have claimed a district title. Vype

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CYPRESS – Cy Ranch finished off the perfect regular season.

The Mustangs needed just one more win to go a perfect 10-0 and to do that had to slow down the best offensive unit in District 14-6A.

Logan McDougald passed for 199 yards and one score, Donovan Johnson had two interceptions, including a 68-yard pick six, and Cy Ranch defeated Tomball Memorial 35-14 on Thursday at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium.

“It’s awesome, it seems like so long ago that we started,” Cy Ranch coach Gene Johnson said. “It’s a grind, to be at the and it’s very exciting to be 10-0.”

Cy Ranch (10-0, 8-0) completes an undefeated regular season for the second time in program history. The Mustangs last went 10-0 in 2016.

With the victory, Cy Ranch also claimed the District 14-6A Championship. This is the third time in the past five seasons the Mustangs have claimed a district title.

“I’m proud of our kids,” Johnson said. “To me that says something about the kids. It wasn’t just one year when we had a bunch of talent and we won. We’ve had some other kids that have come behind that and follow that up. I can’t speak highly enough of my players and the kids in the program.”

 

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Houston dropped two of three

Astros drop series finale to Oakland, A's win series

Jose Urquidy couldn't hold Oakland back on Saturday. Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

With Oakland finally ending their drought against the Astros on Friday night to split the first two games of the series, and with the Angels staying in step with them as both teams started the day 6-2, the Astros needed a win to keep momentum in their favor on Saturday.

Instead, Oakland would outslug Houston once again to take the series finale and take the series win. The loss moves Houston to 6-3 and down to second place, at least for now, until the 6-2 Angels complete their game on Saturday evening.

Final Score: A's 7, Astros 3

Astros' Record: 6-3, second in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Frankie Montas (1-1)

Losing Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (0-1)

Urquidy gives up four over six

Much like the night before, Oakland was able to bring in runs against Houston's starter, this time Jose Urquidy, Saturday afternoon in their second time through the order. Their first time through, Urquidy was cruising, allowing just one baserunner in the first three innings on a single in the top of the third.

Things shifted in the top of the fourth, with the A's getting back-to-back singles to set the stage for a two-run frame with dual RBI-singles to take a 2-0 lead. Oakland doubled that in the fifth, getting a two-out single to set up a two-run homer by Ramon Laureano to make it 4-0. Urquidy would go on to finish six innings, but with no run support to that point, would leave in line for the loss. His final line: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 93 P.

A's pad their lead before Houston gets on the board

Meanwhile, although getting five hits, the Astros could not get anything on the board against Frankie Montas through six innings. Brandon Bielak took over out of the bullpen for Urquidy in the top of the seventh, but after loading the bases, he would allow a dagger two-RBI single to make it a 6-0 deficit for Houston.

With Montas starting the seventh looking to face a batter or two before Oakland moved to their bullpen, Kyle Tucker would finally get Houston on the board with a leadoff solo home run, cutting the lead to 6-1 and ending Montas' day. Houston would get a two-out rally going, with an RBI-double by Jose Altuve followed by an RBI-triple by Michael Brantley to make it a three-run game at 6-3.

Oakland takes the series win

Ryne Stanek tried to keep it a three-run game and give the Astros a chance to stay in it in the top of the eighth but instead would give up a two-out solo home run to push Oakland's lead back to four. That 7-3 score would go final as Houston would go scoreless in the eighth and ninth.

Up Next: Houston will have a day off on Sunday before continuing this homestand Monday night by welcoming in Detroit and former manager A.J. Hinch for three games. In the series opener, the Tigers will send young star Casey Mize (0-0, 2.25 ERA) to the mound, while the Astros will get another start by Zack Greinke (1-0, 1.38 ERA).

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