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Nunnery Jr. makes memorable play in Shadow Creek playoff win

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HOUSTON – Ronald Nunnery Jr. stood at the base of the large white painted "X" in the word Texans.

The Shadow Creek senior was back there just in case. Just like former Auburn player Chris Davis was in 2013 in the 78th Iron Bowl against Alabama.

Nunnery Jr. was awaiting San Antonio Wagner kicker Omar Guevara to put toe-to-ball. As the 36-yard attempt went end-over-end towards the end zone, Nunnery Jr., just like Davis did on November 30, 2013, caught it and took off.

"I had a feeling that he was going to miss it," Nunnery Jr. said.As the University of Houston verbal commit cut to his left and came out of the end zone the blocks developed in front of him.

First it was Sharks' linebacker Darrion Brown and defensive back Trey Palmer that laid the first clearing block of Wagner offensive lineman Jaylon Blackburn that really sprung Nunnery Jr. free.

Once past there, it was a footrace down the sideline.

"We were going for the tie and hopefully go into overtime and they made a big play," Wagner coach Charles Bruce told the Houston Chronicle. "Credit to them."

Standing on the sidelines watching as this play developed was Shadow Creek senior quarterback Jamarian George.

"Hey man it's not his first time," George said with a big smile and laugh. "He's the GOAT for that one."

As Nunnery Jr. crossed midfield, running in front of a roaring, rally-towel waving Shadow Creek fanbase and his teammates and coaches it became more real he could do it.

"I was sure hoping he was going to get there," Shadow Creek coach Brad Butler said.


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Houston drops the game to Arizona

D-backs outslug Greinke and Astros to take series opener

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With the series win over the Rangers by taking two of three games in the middle of the week, the Astros welcomed the Diamondbacks to Minute Maid Park for a three-game weekend series, Houston's final three regular-season home games. Here is how the opener unfolded:

Final Score: Diamondbacks 6, Astros 3.

Record: 25-26, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Zac Gallen (2-2, 3.00 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Luis Garcia (0-1, 2.53 ERA).

Houston scores first, but Arizona grabs a lead against Greinke

Houston would get on the board first on Friday night, with George Springer reaching base in the bottom of the first on an error, moving to second on a walk, then to third on a single, as the Astros loaded the bases with no out to threaten a big inning. Instead, they would come away with just one run, with Springer taking home on a wild pitch, grabbing the 1-0 lead, but leaving runs on the table.

They doubled their lead in the bottom of the third, getting a two-out RBI-double by Kyle Tucker to make it a 2-0 Houston lead. The D-backs responded in the top of the fourth, getting back-to-back singles to lead off the inning before a three-run homer by Kole Calhoun off of Zack Greinke would put Arizona in front, 3-2. Greinke would finish one more inning before Houston would move to their bullpen, striking out the side to bring his total to nine on the night, making the bad fourth inning the one blemish on his night. His final line: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 1 HR, 89 P.

Astros tie it, but D-backs take the opener

George Springer would get Greinke off the hook in the bottom of the fifth, leading off the half-inning with a solo bomb to tie the game at 3-3. Luis Garcia was first out of Houston's bullpen and retired Arizona in order for a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the sixth. He returned for the top of the seventh but would allow a leadoff single, RBI-triple, and wild pitch to bring in two runs. He would face two more batters, allowing a double and getting a strikeout, before Dusty Baker would come out to get him, now down 5-3.

Blake Taylor would make his return from the IL after Garcia, getting back-to-back outs to finish the inning. He continued on in the 5-3 game in the top of the eighth, but allowed a one-out solo homer to Calhoun, his second of the night and fourth RBI. That made it a 6-3 D-backs lead, which would go final as Houston would go scoreless after Springer's home run back in the fifth.

Up Next: The middle game of this three-game set will start Saturday at 6:10 PM Central. The pitching matchup will be Luke Weaver (1-7, 6.70 ERA) for Arizona and Cristian Javier (4-2, 3.22 ERA) for Houston.

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