Diamond in the Rough

Emily Cole could be Region II's best runner

Cole is a versatile athlete in the sport of track. Vype

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In a district where being fast can often mean just being good, being the best means you’re also in line to be a regional champion.

As District 15-6A goes, so goes Region 2 most cross-country experts will say. Since 2011, the district that includes The Woodlands and College Park has either produced the individual regional champion or the team championship or both.

Along with The Woodlands and College Park, you now have an upstart Klein team that could have the fastest 5k runner in senior Emily Cole. As of early October, Cole had the fastest 5,000-meter time in Houston at 18 minutes and 13 seconds.

Cole has taken nearly two minutes off her race time from 2017 and is primed for an individual district crown. Much of this improvement can be attributed to Cole cutting down on participation in multiple sports.

“Prior to this season I was competing in four sports – volleyball, basketball, cross country and track,” Cole said.

Cole also is a versatile athlete in the sport of track, competing in the 5000m, 3200m, 1600m, 800m and 2000m steeplechase events, respectively.

“I decided last track season to concentrate only on running,” Cole said. “So I changed my diet and started working on nutrition and becoming what Coach (Tim) McGuire calls a 24-hour athlete.”

 

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Houston's winning streak is up to nine

Astros secure series over Orioles as winning streak continues

Zack Greinke provided another long outing for his team on Tuesday. Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images.

After continuing their recent dominance with a lopsided win over this Orioles team on Monday in the rain-plagued opener, the Astros eyed number nine in a row if they could do it again on Tuesday. Though not as one-sided, the Astros would get the victory to secure the series win.

Final Score: Astros 3, Orioles 1

Astros' Record: 45-28, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Zack Greinke (8-2)

Losing Pitcher: Jorge Lopez (2-9)

A tame start for Houston's offense

After a scoreless first inning on both sides, Myles Straw started the scoring with two outs in the top of the second, sneaking a ball off and over the left-field wall just out of the grasp of Austin Hays for a solo homer to put Houston ahead 1-0. After Baltimore tied the game in the third, the game remained gridlocked 1-1 until the top of the seventh, when Chase McCormick would reach on a one-out infield single then raced around to score on a Myles Straw RBI single, putting Houston back in front 2-1.

Greinke pitches into the eighth

Over that span, Zack Greinke was getting efficient innings against Baltimore's lineup. He allowed that trying run in the third, which came after a one-out walk moved to third on a single, then scored on a sac fly. That was one of his few moments with runners in scoring position, as he erased a single in the first, a single in the fourth, and a double in the seventh to maintain the new 2-1 lead.

The Astros loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the eighth but came away with only one run of insurance on a McCormick sac fly, making it 3-1 as Greinke returned to the mound to continue working. He allowed a leadoff single then retired the next batter before Dusty Baker would come out to get him as the left-handed portion of the lineup was due up and a better match for Brooks Raley, who had been warming. Greinke's final line: 7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 91 P.

Astros make it nine in a row

Raley completed the eighth for Greinke with two strikeouts to strand the inherited runner. With it still a two-run game in the bottom of the ninth, Ryan Pressly entered for the save. He erased a two-out single to finish things off, giving Houston their ninth win in a row and securing the series with a chance at the sweep in the finale.

Up Next: The finale of this three-game set will be another 6:05 PM Central start time on Wednesday. Thomas Eshelman (0-0, 1.93 ERA) will be on the mound for Baltimore to face the Astros, while Jose Urquidy (5-3, 3.65 ERA) will start for Houston.

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