“RACE TO ROUND ROCK” — The Woodlands are can’t-miss pick

It would be SHOCKING if the Highlanders didn't reach state. Via VYPE

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The UIL baseball tournament begins this week as the month-long "Race to Round Rock" commences for some of the area's legit contenders.

The history of Houston-area baseball is rich with tradition as the Bayou City is home to several state champs.

So, who reaches state?

Here are VYPE's Top 5 to be playing June.

No.1 The Woodlands (Class 6A, Region II) – It would be SHOCKING if the Highlanders didn't reach state. Coach Ron Eastman has seen it all over his tenure in the dugout. His squad is loaded with no weakness – great pitching, good fielding, hot hitting. TWHS reached state last season but fell in the semis. Honestly, if The Woodlands don't make it, it would send shock waves throughout the state baseball landscape.

No. 2 Cy Ranch (Class 6A, Region II) – The Mustangs have two of the livest arms in the nation in Matt Thompson and JJ Goss, who will get drafted early in the MLB June Draft. But do they have the hitting? Hard to say. Yes, they would face The Woodlands in the Regional Finals


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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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