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's offense once again obliterated Baltimore in Wednesday's finale. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Owners of a nine-game winning streak, the Astros tried to keep the train rolling to make it double digits and complete the three-game sweep of the Orioles in Baltimore. Not only would they get the win, but they also did it by dominating on both sides of the ball again in a one-sided shutout.

Final Score: Astros 13, Orioles 0

Astros' Record: 46-28, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (6-3)

Losing Pitcher: Thomas Eshelman (0-1)

Houston keeps mashing

Unlike Tuesday's game which ended 3-1 in a much closer affair, the finale on Wednesday was once again a lopsided affair like Monda's opener, favoring the Astros. Houston once again put up double-digit runs in an offensive explosion. It started right off the bat, with three runs scoring in the top of the first on a two-RBI double by Carlos Correa and an RBI single by Kyle Tucker to grab a 3-0 lead.

Yuli Gurriel extended it to 4-0 with a two-out RBI single in the second, then Jose Altuve made it a six-run game with a two-run blast in the top of the fourth. Michael Brantley joined in with an RBI single in the top of the sixth, then Yordan Alvarez led off a four-run seventh with a solo bomb before a three-run homer by Abraham Toro made it 11-0.

Urquidy cruises through seven scoreless

Jose Urquidy was cruising all the while, allowing just three baserunners over that span, a double to start his night, which he erased, then a one-out walk in the second and leadoff single in the sixth. He returned at the bottom of the seventh with a manageable pitch count, where he'd erase a one-out single to keep Baltimore scoreless. With the insurmountable lead, he'd be given the rest of the night off. His final line: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 84 P.

Astros complete the sweep and grab tenth straight win

Chas McCormick, who came off the bench defensively in the bottom of the seventh, made it a twelve-run lead with a one-out solo homer in the top of the eighth, then later Abraham Toro notched his fourth RBI with a run-scoring single to make it 13-0. Brandon Bielak took over for Urquidy in the bottom of the eighth, and after loading the bases with no outs, was able to escape with a strikeout and double play.

Ralph Garza Jr. was Houston's third pitcher, wrapping things up at the bottom of the ninth. He erased a one-out walk and a single with a double play to end the game, giving Houston the three-game sweep and extending their winning streak to ten games as they continue to look like baseball's best team.

Up Next: The next stop on this road trip for Houston is Detroit, where they will kick off a four-game set with the Tigers on Thursday at 6:10 PM Central. The pitching matchup for the opener will be Luis Garcia (5-4, 2.82 ERA) for Houston and Jose Urena (2-7, 5.79 ERA) for Detroit.

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