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The next big thing: North Shore sophomore running back Zachary Evans has arrived

North Shore sophomore Zachary Evans already has 13 offers from the likes of Alabama, LSU, Ohio State and Texas. Vype

Originally appeared on Vype.com.

Zachary Evans is starting to gain some steam on the recruiting trail. The running back already holds more than 13 offers and is only in the 10th grade at North Shore Senior High School.

From a single parent household, and the youngest out of five, Evans is on the path to becoming North Shore’s “Next Big Thing.” 

“My dad wasn’t by my side while I grew up,” Evans said. “My next step in life is getting better, faster and stronger and more durable for my team.”

Evans squats over 500 pounds and benches over 200. He believes that his mental strength, calmness, and reliability give him an edge that will help him become a collegiate player.

The two football players that inspire Evans are Leonard Fournette, a former LSU star who plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and current Ole Miss standout D’Vaughn Pennamon.

Evans’ brothers, Sterling and CJ Robinson, both played for C.E. King High School.

Sterling played defensive tackle and CJ played running back and both led the team at C.E. King. Sterling set the district record in sacks.

Evans said that he attends several personal trainer sessions. Pennamon and Evans have a quote that they share together, “If you’re over 200 pounds you gotta run like it.”

“Being a leader is a good feeling, a blessing,” Evans said. “Every day I personally ask Coach Willie Gaston about how I can improve and make my section I work with get better.”

Off the field Evans is a caring young man; he loves to take care of people, and he admires giving back to the community.

Evans' two newest offers are from the University of Mississippi and the University of Texas-San Antonio.

He feels blessed and humble, but he believes that he needs to strive to receive more offers. The colleges that Evans currently wants to visit are the universities of Texas, Oregon, and South Carolina.

Evans wants to let his team know, “To stay humble and practice makes perfect.”

Katia Ibarra is a student at North Shore and a part of the VYPE U Internship Program. To learn more about how you can become a VYPE U intern, click here!

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Houston's magic number stays at 2

Astros drop series finale to Mariners after rough start by Greinke

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With their magic number at 2 to secure their spot in the 2020 MLB postseason, the Astros returned to T-Mobile Park in Seattle for this three-game series' finale and rubber game. Here are the highlights from the game:

Final Score: Mariners 3, Astros 2.

Record: 28-28, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Nick Margevicius (2-3, 4.57 ERA)

Losing pitcher: Zack Greinke (3-3, 4.03 ERA).

Greinke unable to complete five innings

While the Astros were being held scoreless, the Mariners were putting up runs on Zack Greinke. They took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first with back-to-back singles followed by an RBI-double with one out. Greinke would stop the damage there, then looked to settle in over the next few frames.

He allowed just one baserunner in the second through fourth innings, a one-out single in the bottom of the fourth. Then, in the fifth, the Mariners would knock him out of the game by getting a one-out single that would come around to score on a two-out RBI-double, followed by an RBI-single to extend the lead to 3-0. Greinke faced one more batter, allowing a single before Dusty Baker would take the ball and move to the bullpen. His final line: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 92 P.

Astros try a late rally, come up short

On the other end, the Astros were unable to break through against Nick Margevicius, getting just one hit and two walks through the first four innings. They had a chance to get on the board in the top of the fifth, starting the inning with back-to-back singles before a walk loaded the bases with one out to turn the lineup over. They'd come up empty, though, with George Springer striking out before a long flyball to center by Jose Altuve to end the inning.

After finishing the fifth for Greinke, Andre Scrubb returned for a scoreless sixth, working around a one-out walk. Still 3-0, Blake Taylor took over on the mound in the bottom of the seventh, erasing a leadoff single and two-out walk to keep Seattle from extending their lead. Houston had another chance to score in the top of the eighth, getting two runners in scoring position, but again would strand them.

Cy Sneed was the next reliever out for the Astros, working around a two-out walk to send the game on to the ninth. The Astros would avoid the shutout, getting a two-RBI single by pinch-hitting Josh Reddick in the top of the ninth to make it a one-run game at 3-2. That's as close as they'd come, though, as the Mariners would eventually get the final out to take the series and keep the Astros' magic number stagnant at 2.

Up Next: There is one series left in the regular season for Houston, and it awaits them in Arlington with a four-game series against the Rangers, who are well eliminated from playoff contention. The first of the four games will start at 7:05 PM Central on Thursday with a pitching matchup of Lance Lynn (6-2, 2.53 ERA) for Texas and Cristian Javier (4-2, 3.33 ERA) for the Astros.

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