History made on Houston hardwoods

The Klein Forest Golden Eagles made an historic run to the Class 6A state tournament finals.

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WHILE HOUSTON DIDN'T WIN A PUBLIC SCHOOL HOOP TITLE, THERE WERE SOMEHISTORIC MOMENTS ON THE HARDWOOD.

The Klein Forest Golden Eagles made an historic run to the Class 6A state tournament finals. Coach Cary Black had a group of seniors who bought into his program and bonded together for one last run.

Kharee McDaniel earned the Guy V. Lewis Award as the city's top player, running his squad from the point-guard position. Calvin Solomon was the hottest player
in the postseason as the 6-foot-7 hybrid shut down opposing teams' top players and scored from the inside and out.

The Eagles fell short in the finals to Duncanville, but their legacy has been cast as one of the top programs in the city of Houston for their long-time consistency.

North Shore played some blue- collar basketball, living up to their #Eastside-tough mantra. Coach Sam Benitez pushed all the right buttons in his first season for the Mustangs, leading them to the state tournament semis from Region III. Keiman Capers, Bruce Scott and Jalen Means were the headliners, but it was a team built on the pillars of a stingy defense and a relentless effort on offense. It wasn't always pretty but North Shore grinded their way to the state Final Four.

The Jack Yates Lions are a state power under the direction of coach Greg Wise. The "Third-Ward High" squad played their usual game of relentless pressing and fast-breaking offense to throttle opponents to the state semis. Antwon Norman and JoQuarius Valrie led the way for the pride.

In the private school ranks, Houston Christian defended their Southwest Preparatory Conference title from a year ago as highly- coveted Sahvir Wheeler got healthy at the right time to push the Mustangs to the title.


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Houston's offense had another strong day at the plate in Seattle against the Mariners on Wednesday. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

After striking a deal with the Mariners before Tuesday's game, along with a reported deal with the Marlins on Wednesday before the finale, the Astros continued to try and bolster their bullpen with fresh arms while also focusing on this series against Seattle. Having won the night prior to even it up, it came down to the rubber game on Wednesday afternoon to decide the series.

Final Score: Astros 11, Mariners 4

Astros' Record: 63-40, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Jake Odorizzi (4-5)

Losing Pitcher: Yusei Kikuchi (6-6)

Astros continue to score runs in Seattle

Just like in the earlier games in this series, the Astros had no problems offensively. They strung together four consecutive one-run innings, starting in the top of the second when they loaded the bases, then got an RBI groundout by Myles Straw to go up 1-0. In the top of the third, Yuli Gurriel drove one in on a two-out RBI double, bringing in Jose Altuve, who led the inning off with a double of his own. Chas McCormick led off with a single in the fourth, then later scored on an RBI single by Aledmys Diaz.

The fourth run in as many innings came in the top of the fifth, as Gurriel would notch his second RBI with a solo homer to start that inning, pushing the lead to 4-0. They didn't stop there, and neither did Gurriel, as he would get RBI number three on the day as part of a four-run top of the sixth, with RBI hits him, Altuve, Diaz, and Carlos Correa, doubling the lead to 8-0.

Odorizzi gets to the sixth before allowing two homers

The run support gave Jake Odorizzi plenty of leeway, which he didn't need until the bottom of the sixth. He held Seattle scoreless over the first five frames, allowing just four baserunners on a hit by pitch, a walk, and two singles, all peppered over that span and erased in each inning. Kyle Seager would get the Mariners on the board in the bottom of the sixth, blasting a one-out solo homer to cut the lead to seven runs at 8-1. After a single in the next at-bat, recently traded Abraham Toro made it four games in a row with a homer, this one a two-run shot to cut the lead to 8-3 and end Odorizzi's day. His final line: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 95 P.

Houston wins the series

Houston brought in Brooks Raley to finish the sixth, issuing two walks but stranding them to keep it a five-run lead. Myles Straw helped push that back to six in the top of the seventh, reaching on a single to start the innings, then stealing both second and third to get in position for Diaz's third RBI of the day, a groundout to make it 9-3. Cristian Javier was the next reliever out for the Astros, but he would not make it through the bottom of the seventh, allowing a single and three walks, the third with the bases loaded to bring in a run.

Bryan Abreu was brought in to get out of the jam, getting a strikeout to end the seventh. Then, in the top of the eighth, Kyle Tucker would put two more runs on the board with a two-run homer making the lead seven runs at 11-4. Abreu remained in for the bottom of the eighth, erasing two one-out singles to get through the frame. Brandon Bielak took over in the bottom of the ninth to close things out, posting a 1-2-3 inning to wrap up the win and give Houston the series victory.

Up Next: Houston will travel down the coast to San Fransisco before getting a day off on Thursday. They'll pick up an exciting three-game series with the Giants on Friday, with the opener slated to start at 8:45 PM Central. Framber Valdez (6-2, 2.97 ERA) will take the mound for the Astros, while San Fransisco's starter is TBD.

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