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Dunham to play baseball at Barbers Hill

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HOUSTON – Delaney Dunham loves playing baseball.

The past three summers, Dunham has played for the Houston Athletics – a select team baseball organization – and this spring she will suit up for the first time with the Barbers Hill High School sophomore baseball team.

"I just like how it's so dynamic," Delaney said about baseball. "I don't have to be good at one thing. I can be good at first base, pitcher and hit the ball. It's multiple things."

For Barbers Hill coach David Denny, the 15-year-old freshman is the first girl to make a roster in his coaching tenure.

"I've had [girls] try out before but have never made it," Denny said. "She will make it. Without a doubt she will be around as long as she chooses to be around."

Denny first saw Delaney during the summer as an eighth grader playing long toss in a field at Baytown Lee.

He knew then that she was good just from watching her throw from a distance. She looked like "a natural".

Once he saw her take the mound there was no doubt in his mind she'd fit in on the roster.

"Watching her this summer she mixes right in," Denny said. "The guys respect her, they know that she can play. She's not just here because she's a female; she's here because she's a good baseball player and a good athlete.

"She's got a good curveball, she throws strikes and she competes. For any freshman, that's really all you can ask for."

Delaney hopes that more girls will start trying to play baseball just like she did because there isn't much of a drawback doing it.

"I hope that they take the chance of playing," Delaney said. "It's not going to hurt you to do it. It's great. It'll better them as an athlete."


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TEXANS TRAINING CAMP WATCH

11 Texans training camp observations from August 7th

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The Houston Texans had a “vanilla” day of light work. Here are 11observations from the workout.

1. It was a light day for the Texans. Some would say sluggish, I wouldn’t agree with that. Did it look like a day off was in order? Yes. Did anyone make mental mistakes because of their energy level? Not that I could see. With it being a lighter day, it might be worthwhile to focus on some of the depth on the roster.

2. Isaac Yiadom (pronounced YEAH-dum) has had some moments in training camp. With rookie Derek Stingley having a light day, Yiadom played opposite Steven Nelson. Yiadom has had a few pass breakups and seems to be physical in coverage. He has a little speed to him, or he’s shown the ability to stick with wideouts. He is a top preseason game target to watch.

3. Phillip Dorsett had a very nice back-of-the-end zone catch. It might have, likely even, been a sack for the defense in a live rep or team rep, but Davis Mills ripped the ball out as the whistle was starting to sound. Dorset with two feet in the back after juking a defender. He is squarely behind other wideouts having missed time but being a veteran should catch up quickly.

4. Wideout Connor Wedington had a few nice plays on Sunday. He has an uphill battle to make the roster, but Davis Mills’ former teammate might squeeze his way into the conversation. There are opportunities for him with a few other wideouts banged up.

5. Rookie tight end Teagan Quitoriano bodied his way for a touchdown. The rookie hasn’t done much in camp, but his size is clearly an advantage. Game reps and more padded practice will be important for him this preseason.

6. Chris Moore is a veteran taking yet another swing at making this team. If the Texans played tomorrow, I would have him on the roster. Probably even starting at slot wideout. He had a very nice leaping grab today.

7. Versatility for a couple of backup offensive linemen may lead to them making the team. Well, it certainly won’t hurt their case. Justin McCray has played all three interior offensive line spots. The veteran could start if needed, but I have to imagine he is a key backup inside. Scott Quessenberry (yes related to former Texans lineman David and current fullback Paul) played guard on Sunday. He is a factor to be Justin Britt’s backup at center.

8. Charlie Heck was not a pick I was in love with when Bill O’Brien selected him a couple of seasons ago. Heck has grown a lot in his game and physically and is surely the backup tackle for this team. He can play left and right tackle.

9. Tae Davis plays linebacker and wears 19. It is the strangest thing to see a linebacker in that number. It has not been strange to see Davis make a play here or there in practice. The linebacker room is loaded but Davis is making the most of his chances.

10. Ka’imi Fairbairn HAMMERED a ball right down the uprights after Davis Mills had led the team into field goal range on a last-minute drill. Mills easily moved the team down the field without the normal group of linemen or weapons. Good finish to practice.

11. Jonathan Greenard did some pushups after he couldn’t replicate history. Greenard almost had his second interception of Davis Mills, but the ball fell incomplete. Greenard has been a force in training camp.

Bonus Quote of the Day: “I was a fat guy last year” said Pharaoh Brown as he talked about his leaner and quicker frame compared to last year.

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