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Cypress Creek Girls Basketball Runs To the 6A Region III Championship

Cy Creek now turns its attention to next week’s state tournament. vype.com

For the second time in 19 hours, Cypress Creek girls basketball jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter, and breezed to a win at the 6A Region III tournament. The Cougars advanced to next week’s UIL State final four with a 57-36 win against Summer Creek. They’re also the third Cy-Fair ISD team to advance to state in the past 12 months, joining Cypress Falls boys basketball and Cy-Fair football.

“It’s a dream come true,” said Cy Creek head coach Jennifer Alexander. “The kids are thrilled, so that makes me the most happy. They’re elated to be in this position.”

Cy Creek scored the game’s first 10 points, and held leads around that margin throughout the game. VYPE Player of the Game Rori Harmon was slowed down by Friday’s injury and Summer Creek’s double-team defense, but broke through with nine of her 13 points in the second half.

“My plan was to make sure we [came] together as a team,” said Harmon. “I was ignoring my injury. We just kept going. We didn’t stop.”

he game played out as she had hoped, with multiple teammates contributing. Kristine Ezimako had a fast start, and finished with 11 points. Jalyn Johnson had a similar second half as Harmon, and shared the game high.

“We had a really fun time during this game,” said Harmon. “We all had a smile on our face.”

The Cougars’ defense also showed up, like it did in the semis. Summer Creek scored 23 less points than it did in Friday’s win against Jersey Village, and its season leader in points scored, Damaya Telemaque, was held scoreless for two-and-a-half quarters.

Cy Creek now turns its attention to next week’s state tournament. Its state semifinal opponent hasn’t been announced yet, but it’ll either be Region I champ Plano, Region II champ Sachse, or Region IV champ Converse Judson. The same goes for Friday’s game time, which will either be at 7pm or 8:30pm at San Antonio’s Alamodome.

“We just have to make sure we keep the intensity we’ve been having for the playoffs,” Harmon said of next week’s plan. “We’re going do our best in everything.”

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The losing streak continues

Mariners get walk-off win over short-staffed Astros

Alex De Goti had an impressive debut. Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

After a brutal homestand capped off by losing five players to the IL for health and safety protocols, the once 5-1 Astros brought their now 6-6 record to T-Mobile park in Seattle to try and right the ship. They'd have to do it with new and young players in the lineup using the "next man up" mentality to get some wins against the first-place Mariners.

Though the young bats would work themselves into a lead most of the night, Houston's bullpen wouldn't be able to hold the Mariners down, with Seattle ultimately walking things off in the ninth.

Final Score: Mariners 6, Astros 5

Astros' Record: 6-7, fourth in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Anthony Misiewicz (2-0)

Losing Pitcher: Ryne Stanek (0-1)

After a quiet start, Houston gets three in the fifth

After cruising through the Astros through the first four innings, allowing only a walk over that span, Houston was able to put up a big inning against Yusei Kikuchi in the top of the fifth. Carlos Correa notched the first hit of the night, followed by a walk by Taylor Jones to put two on base.



That brought Alex De Goti, making his major-league debut, to the plate and, in his second career at-bat, would get his first hit and RBI, bringing in Correa from second on a single. A second run would come on the same play on a throwing error, then Chaz McCormick made it a three-run inning with an RBI-double, putting Houston out front 3-0.

Urquidy comes an out shy of a quality start

Meanwhile, Jose Urquidy was doing well through five innings. On track for a much-needed quality start, the Mariners would tag him in the bottom of the sixth, getting three-straight hits to bring in two runs to lead off the frame and leaving a runner on second base with no outs.

Urquidy would rebound to get the next two batters on strikeouts, but at 90 pitches and with a left-handed hitter up next, Dusty Baker would bring in lefty Brooks Raley to try and get out of the inning with the one-run lead intact. Raley would do his job, putting Uruidy's line final: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 90 P.

Teams trade two-run seventh innings

The young bats for Houston struck again in the top of the seventh, with Jones and De Goti leading it off with back-to-back singles before Jason Castro would load the bases with a walk. With two outs, Aledmys Diaz would push the lead back to three with a two-RBI single, making it 5-2.

With Raley out after facing his one batter, next out of Houston's bullpen was Bryan Abreu to help maintain Houston's lead. Instead, he would give up two runs on two hits and a walk while getting just two outs before Baker moved on to Blake Taylor, who would get the last out of the seventh with Houston hanging on to a one-run lead at 5-4.

Mariners get the walk-off win

Taylor remained in the game in the bottom of the eighth, and after getting an out, would allow a game-tying solo home run to Evan White before injuring himself trying to field an infield single. Ryne Stanek entered and finished off the eighth, sending the tie game to the ninth.

After Houston came up empty in the top half, Stanek remained in the game in the bottom of the ninth, attempting to force extras. Back-to-back walks ended Stanek's night, with the Astros hoping Ryan Pressly could bail them out. He couldn't, though, giving up the walk-off hit as the Mariners would take the opener, 6-5.

Up Next: Game two of this three-game set will start an hour earlier on Saturday, with first pitch at 8:10 PM Central. Zack Greinke (1-1, 4.08 ERA) will try to rebound from a poor start his last time out for the Astros, while the Mariners will hand the ball to Chris Flexen (1-0, 4.50 ERA).

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