District 15-6A will be uber-competitive in 2019

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DISTRICT 15-6A

PRESEASON RANKINGS

The Woodlands

Klein Oak

Klein Collins

Klein

College Park

Klein Cain

Oak Ridge

Conroe

Klein Forest

VYPE's PRESEASON AWARDS

MVP

Tyson Thompson, Klein

OFFENSIVE MVP

Bryeton Gilford, The Woodlands

DEFENSIVE MVP

Dwight McGlothern, Klein Oak

BREAKOUT PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Christian Pack, Conroe

SLEEPER TEAM

College Park

THE PROSPECTUS

When this district was formed at the last UIL realignment, there was a lot of oohs and aahs because of the powerful Klein ISD and Conroe ISD colliding week in and week out . The 2018 season lived up to the hype of this district being really good. Now, looking towards 2019 expect more of the same as the powers will shift a bit, especially in the middle of the playoff race.

The Woodlands Highlanders

Programs come and go, but The Woodlands remains a constant. The Highlanders will be explosive on offense with either Ben Mills or Lake Travis move-in Peyton Janacek running the show at QB. Running back Bryeton Gilford carried the load, rushing for over 1,200 yards and will have solid line with Jett Duncan and Cody Johnson to open holes again. The X-factor will be athlete Kansas-commit Malik Johnson, who is special with the ball in his hands. Baton Rouge move-in Theodore Knox will also help ignite the offense as a national recruit at WR. DT Caleb Fox will anchor the defense along with DB Carter Doucet.


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Altuve's homer starting the scoring for Houston on Friday night. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images
After a solid showing to take the three of the four-game series in Arlington against the Rangers to start the week, the Astros returned home for three against the Diamondbacks in a weekend series. They would have a slow start to the opener but would ultimately come away victorious.

Final Score (10 innings): Astros 4, Diamondbacks 3

Astros' Record: 87-60, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Ryne Stanek (3-4)

Losing Pitcher: Tyler Clippard (1-1)

Bielak makes the impromptu start

With Luis Garcia having to move his start ahead by a day on Thursday instead of Friday with Framber Valdez's finger cut, Brandon Bielak made a start for Houston in the opener against Arizona. He didn't go as deep as he probably would have wanted and certainly ventured out of his comfort zone with traffic on the bases.

He loaded the bases in the top of the first, allowing a single and two walks, but was able to strand all three to keep it a scoreless game. He rebounded with a 1-2-3 second, but he dealt with a threat again in the third as back-to-back singles pressured him to start the inning. He would get back-to-back strikeouts, but that's as far as he would go as Houston moved on to Blake Taylor. Taylor got the final out of the third on one pitch, then erased a two-out double in the top of the fourth.

Altuve breaks up the no-no with a go-ahead homer

Brooks Raley took over in the top of the fifth, but in his three batters, he faced allowed a single while getting two outs before Cristian Javier took over to end the frame. Javier allowed the first run of the game in the top of the sixth, a leadoff solo homer to Kole Calhoun to put the Diamondbacks in front 1-0 before he finished the inning.

Madison Bumgarner didn't allow a single hit to the Astros through the first five and two-thirds innings. He allowed a one-out walk in the bottom of the sixth, which proved costly as Jose Altuve would get the first knock of the game for Houston, a two-run go-ahead homer. Phil Maton was the next reliever for the Astros in the top of the seventh, maintaining the new one-run lead by erasing a leadoff single.

Astros get the win in extras

The Diamondbacks tied it up in the top of the eighth against Kendall Graveman, getting a leadoff single followed by a walk, then later an RBI single to knot things up 2-2. Houston stranded a runner in the bottom of the eighth, then brought in Ryan Pressly, who tossed a 1-2-3 top of the ninth to keep the game tied.

Despite getting the winning run in scoring position with a leadoff ground-rule double by Jason Castro to start the bottom of the ninth, they would strand it as the game went to extras. Arizona scored their free runner in the top of the tenth, getting a sac fly to move it to third then going in front on an RBI single.

The Astros matched that and more in the bottom of the inning, moving their runner to third on a lineout to start the frame, followed by an intentional walk to Yordan Alvarez. Jake Meyers tied the game with an RBI single, then after another walk to load the bases, Chas McCormick was hit by a pitch to bring in the winning run, moving the Astros closer to clinching their playoff berth.

Up Next: The middle game of this three-game set will have a start time of 6:10 PM Central on Saturday. Tyler Gilbert (2-2, 3.15 ERA) is expected to make a start for Arizona, while Lance McCullers Jr. (12-4, 3.12 ERA) will be on the mound for Houston.

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