Diamond Domination

Oak Ridge’s Chase Roberts is ready to dominate on and off the diamond

Roberts plans to attend UT to play baseball. @chseroberts

Chase Roberts, a recent move-in at Oak Ridge high school, is beginning this year’s season and is ready to dominate.

Roberts moved to the Oak Ridge area this past fall, and has committed to further his baseball career at The University of Texas at Austin.

During the fall semester off season, head coach Mike Pirtle worked the team daily to prepare each athlete specifically for this current season.

“We went through a lot of adversity and we saw what our weaknesses were so that we could focus on those,” Roberts said.

This preparation geared up the War Eagle baseball team to face tough challenges and support each teammate in times of weakness.

There are many things to look forward to this season, especially the highly ranked competition that Oak Ridge will face during both district play and playoffs.

“I most look forward to our tournaments and just having fun with my teammates,” Roberts said.

“Hard work carries a long way and being a good teammate does as well. When you set a good attitude, people will follow,” he added.

It is quite evident that Roberts will carry this legacy onto the campus and baseball field at University of Texas. Roberts plans on studying in the McCombs School Of Business.

“I want to further my knowledge of business on a global standpoint and use my resources in the best way possible,” he said.

As the 17th-ranked business school in the country according to U.S. News, McCombs Business School at UT could helped Roberts on his path.

The time consuming life of a college athlete can sometimes become a barrier for academics, but Roberts in confident that he can handle the atmosphere.

“Scheduling out each day is absolutely important,” he said.

Having a prioritized schedule will allow him to take care of his athletics and academics while striving for success in each as well.

Chase Roberts has extreme talent and is an important addition to the baseball program at ORHS. He will be a roadblock for teams that face the War Eagles this year.

Claire Fesler is a student at Oak Ridge HS and a member of the VYPE U Ambassador Program. To learn more about how you can become a VYPE U Ambassador at your school, visit VYPEU.com

 

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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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