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Nimitz legend Michael Thomas gives back at Camp Mike T

This week he held his Camp Mike T at the same stadium where he made his name Vype

Aldine ISD is home to one of the best guys in all of professional sports.

Former Nimitz star Michael Thomas laid his legacy at Thorne Stadium, scoring touchdowns and returning kicks for the Cougars a decade ago.

This week he held his Camp Mike T at the same stadium where he made his name.

“I remember scoring my first touchdown over there and the crowd and cheerleaders going wild,” he said. “These guys can see one of their own coming back and giving back. I’m all about Aldine. I’m here to teach campers how to do every day things like writing a check to playing football. I’m very passionate about giving back to where I came from.”

The two-day free camp focused on life-skills along with football skills. The New York Giant also gave out scholarships totaling $10,000.

“He’s just one of the good-guys who have made it,” Aldine ISD athletic director Dre Thompson said. “He’s so authentic when it comes to Aldine ISD. He’s a leader and a great role model for this community.”

Michael Thomas was a stud at Nimitz on and off the field. The QB-turned-DB played at Stanford, earning his Master’s in Business Administration. On the field, he earned all-Pac 10 honors as a defensive back and kick returner.

He went undrafted in 2012, but kept on his grind. He was signed by San Francisco to the practice squad, before landing on the Miami Dolphins’ roster in late 2013.

Thomas made a huge play in Game 1 as a Dolphin. He picked off New England Patriots’ Tom Brady to preserve a Miami win with two second remaining. He played five years with Miami before signing a two-year contract with the New York Giants in March.

 

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Carlos Correa had a big home run Saturday night. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

With four wins in a row, including the first two of this series, Houston had a chance to keep their momentum going to lock up a series win on Saturday in this four-game set. Although Texas would make it interesting late, the Astros would hold them off to get the victory.

Final Score: Astros 6, Rangers 5

Astros' Record: 23-17, second in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Luis Garcia (1-3)

Losing Pitcher: Dane Dunning (2-3)

Action in the first

After getting trounced the night prior, the Rangers managed to grab early momentum with a run to start the scoring Saturday night against Luis Garcia. It came after a one-out triple set up a sac fly, giving Texas a 1-0 lead. Houston quickly took control back in their favor, though, putting up four in the bottom of the inning on a two-RBI single by Alex Bregman and a two-run homer by Carlos Correa, making it 4-1 Astros.

The scoreboard went quiet after that inning, with both teams slowing down at the plate. Garcia put together a decent night, allowing just the one run over five innings of work, erasing some runners throughout the night. His final line: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 94 P.

Rangers tighten it up late

Bryan Abreu was the first reliever to enter for Houston, taking over for Garcia in the top of the sixth. He worked around a leadoff single, keeping it a three-run game, then returned for a 1-2-3 top of the seventh. Correa led off with a double in the bottom of the inning, setting up a two-run Kyle Tucker homer, extending his recent hot streak and the lead to 6-1.

Ryne Stanek took over on the mound for Houston in the top of the eighth but worked himself into trouble with a single and walk to set up a three-run homer by Joey Gallo to make it a two-run game at 6-4. He would manage just one out before a walk would prompt Dusty Baker to move on to Brandon Bielak. Bielak would allow a run while getting the final two outs, making it 6-5.

Astros secure the series

After a scoreless bottom of the eighth, Ryan Pressly would try to notch another save and close the door on the Rangers. He would get the job done, sitting the Rangers down in order, keeping Houston's winning streak intact.

Up Next: The finale of this four-game set will start at 1:10 PM Central on Sunday. Lance McCullers JR. (3-1, 3.10 ERA), fresh off of a recent gem, will look to continue his success for the Astros, while Kyle Gibson (3-0, 2.28) will try to stay perfect on the season for the Rangers.

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