Heavyweight battles in 6A Regional Semis; predictions and galleries

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Football fans, this will be a feast of incredible games this weekend as the Regional Semis have snuck up on us.

Let's take a look at the Games of the Week and throw out some "fearless" predictions.

Here we go.

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It's Katy vs North Shore... Again. Let's not rehash all of the times they've played in the past... that was the past.

General thoughts?

North Shore's offense is starting to ramp up as super-freak Zach Evans is revving his engine. The OL is solid and QB Dematrius Davis (Va Tech-commit) makes good decisions. The key on offense is if North Shore can loosen up the front seven of Katy, meaning plays downfield to Shadrach Banks (Texas A&M-commit) and crew. Banks didn't play in the first game, and the 'Stangs lost.

Katy's defense is nice. Ty Cana is a beast at MLB and teams up with wily senior Jaylen Phillips. They are really good. The secondary is on point with Bryan Massey (UTSA-commit). He runs the show in the back.

When Katy has the ball, it's all about WR Jordan Patrick -- a great HS football player who is as slippery as they come. Will Ron Hoff play? Most likely. Don't sleep on Katy's TEs and full-back. They make plays also. The OL wore out North Shore's defense in Week 1. Can they do it again?

Special teams and turnovers will play big roles in this game, but it's going to be man-on-man football in the trenches.

PREDICTION: North Shore wins when it counts and advances to Regional Finals.


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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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