FEATURE: An Experienced, Stellar Coaching Staff at the Second Baptist School

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There are not many coaching staffs that can rival the one at the Second Baptist School.

A veteran head coach with more than 30 years of experience, a state champion running back at Katy and star at Nebraska, a Super Bowl champion, a captain from the University of Oklahoma and a plethora of experienced coaches fill the 12-man staff.

It's an impressive group.

"It gives us credibility when we're running out experience, plus energy, plus knowledge with these kids," Second Baptist School coach Terry Pirtle said about presenting an experienced coaching staff to players. "The {kids} buy into it. The coaches love building into the lives of our players."

Pirtle is entering his seventh season leading the Eagles, while 2019 will be his 31 st year roaming the sidelines.

Joining him in the 30-plus club when it comes to experience is William Leonard, who coaches defensive backs and is 34 years into the business. Another experienced coach is Keith Page.

Page is in his fourth year at the Second Baptist School, second as the defensive coordinator, but 2019 serves as his 18 th overall year coaching at the private school level in Houston.

Having that wealth of Houston-area private school knowledge available is invaluable.

"He knows the culture of every school in Houston," Pirtle said about Page. "He is able to help us understand who we're playing and how we're playing them. He does an unbelievable job of scheming and preparing our defense, which was one of the best in TAPPS last year. He's done a tremendous job."


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Houston gets the lopsided win

Valdez, Astros dominate the Angels in 10-0 rout in Anaheim

Framber Valdez was dominant against the Angels on Monday night. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

With a series win at home over the weekend, the Astros started their final regular-season road trip on Monday, squaring off against the Angels in Anaheim. They held the momentum firmly in their favor all night, dominating both sides of the game to start the series with a victory.

Final Score: Astros 10, Angels 0

Astros' Record: 89-61, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Framber Valdez (11-5)

Losing Pitcher: Jaime Barria (2-4)

Siri leads off with a bang

With Jose Altuve being given the night off, Houston gave Jose Siri a shot at the leadoff spot, and he delivered to start the opener in Anaheim. He launched a missile to left field, 426 feet, to put the Astros in front 1-0 before the Angels could record an out. Later that same inning, they strung together three singles, the third being an RBI by Carlos Correa to double the lead.

Valdez goes seven shutout innings

That gave Framber Valdez a lead to work with as he stepped on the rubber in the bottom of the inning, and he didn't give it up as he would post a dominant start. He started with a 1-2-3 first, worked around a couple of singles in the second, then used a double play to face the minimum in the third.

He retired Los Angeles in order again in the fourth, stranded a two-out single in the fifth and a single and a walk in the sixth. He had his worst inning of the night in the seventh, giving up a leadoff single then loading the bases on back-to-back two-out walks. He'd escape the jam, though, keeping the shutout alive and finalizing his impressive line: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 98 P.

Astros take the opener in lopsided fashion

Houston tacked on an insurance run in the top of the eighth, getting a one-out double by Correa to set up an RBI single by Marwin Gonzalez, pushing the lead to 3-0. Things escalated from there, as another single put two on base for Martin Maldonado, who blew the game open with a three-run homer to make it a six-run lead.

Brooks Raley took over for Valdez in the bottom of the inning, and with a 1-2-3 inning, made it his eighth appearance in a row without allowing a run. The Astros didn't let up in the top of the ninth, getting two hits and a walk to load the bases before a grand slam by Gonzalez made it 10-0 and gave him 5 RBI in a two-inning span. Seth Martinez, called up by the Astros earlier in the day, made his big-league debut in the bottom of the ninth and closed out the lopsided win to put Houston's magic number at 6.

Up Next: The second of this four-game set will be another 8:38 PM Central start on Tuesday. Jose Urquidy (7-3, 3.38 ERA) will take the mound for the Astros, going opposite Packy Naughton (0-2, 4.32 ERA) for the Angels.

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