Regional Finals Rematch

Langham runs to regional final; sets up 17-6A rematch with Cy-Fair

Bryce Tucker had 2 punt blocks & a 60 yard TD in Langham Creek's blowout win against Kingwood. Vype

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The run game was a big part of the Lobos’ start, as well as their continued success. It started with Chris Herron’s 40-yard scamper on the opening drive, which set up his first of two touchdown passes before the second quarter. The first connection found Devin Lawrence on a 4th-and-10 pass, and the other was a 51-yard bomb to Golden Eke.

The Lobos continued to run, and finished the first half with 182 rushing yards on 16 carries. That included two scores by Corien Azema, and one by Herron and Chris Mehn.

Another good sign for the Lobos, going into next week’s rematch with 17-6A foe Cy-Fair, is the way their defense played in the first half. The unit shutout Kingwood, had two blocked punts courtesy of Tucker, and allowed 80 yards.

Even though the game was out of hand heading to the second half, Kingwood kept fighting, like it had in the months since Hurricane Harvey. The displaced Mustangs, who’ve been attending Summer Creek since the storm, also overcame an 0-3 start to play December football for the first time in 27 years.

Their ability to not give up resulted in a second half they can hang their hats on. They gave up an early 60-yard scamper to Tucker, but scored on back-to-back drives in the third quarter. It started with Matt Slayton’s 40-yard scoring connection to Nolan Powell, and continued with Connal Fisher’s 27-yard field goal. Slayton wrapped up the afternoon with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Trey Gould in the fourth.

“The second half was another opportunity to show who we are at Kingwood,” said Mustang head coach Barry Campbell. “That’s tough, determined, hard-working kids that are going to play hard no matter what, do the best they can, and have something to be proud of when everything’s said and done.”

 

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The losing streak continues

Mariners get walk-off win over short-staffed Astros

Alex De Goti had an impressive debut. Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

After a brutal homestand capped off by losing five players to the IL for health and safety protocols, the once 5-1 Astros brought their now 6-6 record to T-Mobile park in Seattle to try and right the ship. They'd have to do it with new and young players in the lineup using the "next man up" mentality to get some wins against the first-place Mariners.

Though the young bats would work themselves into a lead most of the night, Houston's bullpen wouldn't be able to hold the Mariners down, with Seattle ultimately walking things off in the ninth.

Final Score: Mariners 6, Astros 5

Astros' Record: 6-7, fourth in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Anthony Misiewicz (2-0)

Losing Pitcher: Ryne Stanek (0-1)

After a quiet start, Houston gets three in the fifth

After cruising through the Astros through the first four innings, allowing only a walk over that span, Houston was able to put up a big inning against Yusei Kikuchi in the top of the fifth. Carlos Correa notched the first hit of the night, followed by a walk by Taylor Jones to put two on base.



That brought Alex De Goti, making his major-league debut, to the plate and, in his second career at-bat, would get his first hit and RBI, bringing in Correa from second on a single. A second run would come on the same play on a throwing error, then Chaz McCormick made it a three-run inning with an RBI-double, putting Houston out front 3-0.

Urquidy comes an out shy of a quality start

Meanwhile, Jose Urquidy was doing well through five innings. On track for a much-needed quality start, the Mariners would tag him in the bottom of the sixth, getting three-straight hits to bring in two runs to lead off the frame and leaving a runner on second base with no outs.

Urquidy would rebound to get the next two batters on strikeouts, but at 90 pitches and with a left-handed hitter up next, Dusty Baker would bring in lefty Brooks Raley to try and get out of the inning with the one-run lead intact. Raley would do his job, putting Uruidy's line final: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 90 P.

Teams trade two-run seventh innings

The young bats for Houston struck again in the top of the seventh, with Jones and De Goti leading it off with back-to-back singles before Jason Castro would load the bases with a walk. With two outs, Aledmys Diaz would push the lead back to three with a two-RBI single, making it 5-2.

With Raley out after facing his one batter, next out of Houston's bullpen was Bryan Abreu to help maintain Houston's lead. Instead, he would give up two runs on two hits and a walk while getting just two outs before Baker moved on to Blake Taylor, who would get the last out of the seventh with Houston hanging on to a one-run lead at 5-4.

Mariners get the walk-off win

Taylor remained in the game in the bottom of the eighth, and after getting an out, would allow a game-tying solo home run to Evan White before injuring himself trying to field an infield single. Ryne Stanek entered and finished off the eighth, sending the tie game to the ninth.

After Houston came up empty in the top half, Stanek remained in the game in the bottom of the ninth, attempting to force extras. Back-to-back walks ended Stanek's night, with the Astros hoping Ryan Pressly could bail them out. He couldn't, though, giving up the walk-off hit as the Mariners would take the opener, 6-5.

Up Next: Game two of this three-game set will start an hour earlier on Saturday, with first pitch at 8:10 PM Central. Zack Greinke (1-1, 4.08 ERA) will try to rebound from a poor start his last time out for the Astros, while the Mariners will hand the ball to Chris Flexen (1-0, 4.50 ERA).

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