RECRUIT SCOOP

Eaton emerging as national prospect

The three-star prospect said he is working on getting stronger. Via VYPE

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As the page turns on the recruiting class of 2019 with National Signing Days come and gone, college coaches around the country quickly shift their focus to the next.

On the February National Signing Day and the days after, an influx of offers to the Class of 2020 begin to roll out.

MacArthur's Joshua Eaton got caught up in the midst of that. Eaton, in the month of February alone, received 18 offers, according to his Twitter account. He had an official count of 20offers by February 28

"I've been taking everything real slow," Eaton said. "It's a lot of media every day. I just give all the glory to God and thank him for everything he's given me."

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound cornerback is the 35th-rated player at his position in the country, according to 24/7. Eaton is one of two corners from the city of Houston ranked in the Top 50.

Heading into the offseason for football, the three-star prospect, said he is working on getting stronger in his stance and trusting his instincts.

Part of working on the football side of things, Eaton will be playing with Fast Houston this spring and summer, as well as improving with his work on the track.

"Track is going to help me a lot," Eaton said. "It's going to help me get faster, so I can break on the ball a little faster and be explosive."

With all the offers and attention focused on Eaton, this will naturally bring high-profile recruiters on campus.

This excites the junior because he knows he isn't the only diamond in the rough at Big Mac.

"They can see the other guys we have around here because MacArthur has a lot of guys," Eaton said. "I'm not the only one. I want my team to get some praise too because this year's going to be a great season."


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Houston's bats have a hot night

Astros clobber Rangers to win series opener

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After dropping two of three in Seattle, the Astros entered the regular season's final series still waiting to clinch their playoff berth. Luckily their matchup favored them, with four games against the 19-37 Rangers, which they have done well against in recent years. Here are highlights from the opener:

Final Score: Astros 12, Rangers 4.

Record: 29-28, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Cristian Javier (5-2, 3.48 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Lance Lynn (6-3, 3.32 ERA).

Astros put up 10 on Lynn 

Houston had no trouble getting acquainted with the Rangers' new stadium, jumping out to an early lead in the top of the first inning. After a lengthy at-bat against Lance Lynn, Jose Altuve reached on a one-out single, then scored from first on a two-out RBI-triple by Alex Bregman. They'd double their lead in the next at-bat on an error, making it 2-0.

They extended that lead even more in the next inning, getting back-to-back singles to start the inning to set up a big three-run dinger by George Springer to straightaway center-field to make it 5-0. Bregman added two more RBI to his night in the top of the fifth, capitalizing on a leadoff single by Michael Brantley by hitting a two-run homer to make it a 7-0 lead. Altuve would push the total to double-digits in the top of the sixth, lifting a three-run home run of his own to make it a 10- lead.

Javier with a decent start, bullpen closes out the win

Meanwhile, Cristian Javier was doing well on the mound against the Rangers. He allowed just three baserunners through the first five innings, a double in the first, a hit batter in the second, and a single in the fifth. He would falter a bit in the bottom of the sixth, allowing a leadoff single then a two-run homer, then later in the inning a sac fly, making it 10-3 before Houston would turn to their bullpen. Javier's final line: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 95 TP.

Luis Garcia would get the final out of the sixth then returned for the bottom of the seventh, allowing a leadoff double that would score on a two-out RBI-double, making it a six-run game before Garcia finished the frame. Brooks Raley was the next reliever and notched two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 inning in the eighth.

Josh Reddick gave Houston two more insurance runs, joining the home run barrage with a two-run homer in the top of the inning to make it 12-4 going to the bottom half. Brandon Bielak was given a low-leverage opportunity to throw in the bottom of the ninth. He erased a two-out double for a scoreless inning to wrap up the lopsided win, lowering Houston's magic number to 1.

Up Next: The second game of this four-game set between Houston and Texas will start Friday at 7:05 PM Central at Globe Life Field. The pitching battle will be Kyle Cody (1-1, 1.53 ERA) for the Rangers and Jose Urquidy (1-1, 2.78 ERA) for the Astros.

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