Warriors Win!

Cypress Christian dominates McKinney for 1st state title

VYPE Player of the Game Josh Holl has been at Cypress Christian since Kindergarten. Vype

Originally appeared on Vype.com.

Cypress Christian (13-1) entered Friday’s TAPPS 11-Man Division III state title game as one of the state’s hottest teams, and wrapped up its first championship season with a 68-34 win against McKinney Christian (9-4) at Hewitt’s Panther Stadium.

“It’s really a blessing,” said VYPE Player of the Game Josh Holl. “This program’s really given back to me, and help me grow as a man.”

The Warriors, who ended the season with 13 straight wins, had another big first half. Holl kicked off his six-touchdown outing with early passes to Joseph Carbone and JT Mounce.

Their success continued with Christian Fleischhauer, who was a force on both sides of the ball. His rushing touchdowns extended the Warriors’ lead to a margin McKinney could not overcome, and he also slowed down the Mustangs in the secondary.

The defense also wanted a piece of the pie. It forced five turnovers in the game, including two key stops in the 44-21 first half. The first was a fumble at the end of Will Baxter’s 14-yard run, which set up Fleischhauer’s second score. The other was a 25-yard pick six by Drue Hirth.

The complete team effort wasn’t a surprise for coach Jacob Spenn. He’s seen it from his players all year.

“We keep battling,” he said. “It wasn’t just the title game. That’s every day.”

McKinney’s only first half answers came in the opening and closing minutes. Baxter used his legs to even the score at 7, and later found Ford Dossey and Ren Willis on touchdown connections.

The Mustangs had all the momentum, especially with the second half kickoff going to them, but the Warriors didn’t let them get any closer. Holl bookended the half with a pair of touchdowns to Reid Chapman, and used another lengthy connection to set up Ian Jones’ second field goal.

Even though Baxter found Dossey for their second and third scoring connections, Holl wrapped up the win with his fifth and sixth touchdown passes. He found a new target in Braden Barbisch, who scored from 17 yards out in the closing minutes of the third quarter. He also connected with Mounce again at the eight-minute mark in the fourth.


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Houston is falling down the rankings

Tigers pound Odorizzi, Astros with homers as Houston drops fourth in a row

The Astros have not looked great in their last four games. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

After watching their hot start of 6-1 cool down to a 6-4 record with three straight losses, the Astros returned to Minute Maid Park on Tuesday night, looking to do a better job at home against a beatable Tigers team.

Recent games' woes would continue, though, with Houston's pitching getting blasted by the opposing offense and their own bats primarily quiet.

Final Score: Tigers 8, Astros 2

Astros' Record: 6-5, tied for second in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Matthew Boyd (2-1)

Losing Pitcher: Jake Odorizzi (0-1)

Astros score first, then Tigers unload on Odorizzi

Houston looked to have something brewing in the bottom of the second, with three singles in the first four batters of the inning, the third an RBI-single by Myles Straw to put the Astros in front 1-0. However, Matthew Boyd would limit the damage, getting back-to-back strikeouts to end the threat.

After two easy innings for Jake Odorizzi in his regular-season debut for his new team, he would allow a game-tying solo homer to Akil Baddoo, his fourth of the year, in the top of the third. Detroit struck again in the top of the fourth, getting a leadoff double to set up a two-run go-ahead home run to jump ahead 3-1.

They didn't stop there, getting another two-run bomb later in the same inning; a frame that would take Odorizzi 31 pitches to get only one out before Houston would bring in Bryan Abreu to get the last two outs. Odorizzi's final line in his debut: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 HR, 0 BB, 4 K, 80 P.

Detroit continues home run parade, Houston loses fourth in a row

Abreu would hope to do what Luis Garcia did the night before, eat up as many innings as possible after a poor outing from Houston's starter. The Tigers would get yet another two-run homer, though, in the top of the fifth, extending their lead to 7-1, with all seven runs coming over a three-inning span. For good measure, they'd knock one more out with two outs in the top of the ninth, making it 8-1.

As far as Houston at the plate, other than their string of hits to bring in a run earlier in the second, they were getting nothing done against Boyd, who would go six and two-thirds innings. Detroit's bullpen would finish things off, despite an all-too-late sac fly by the Astros in the bottom of the ninth, with Houston dropping their fourth-straight game and continuing to lose ground in the division.

Up Next: The finale of this three-game set with Detroit will be an hour earlier on Wednesday, getting underway at 6:10 PM Central. Lance McCullers Jr. (1-0, 1.80 ERA) will try to maintain his perfect record and improve upon his two five-inning one-run starts for the Astros, going opposite of Michael Fulmer (0-0, 2.57 ERA) for the Tigers.

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