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Shadow Creek lining up for historic season as Sharks remain undefeated

Of course the Sharks are looking to win all of their games Vype

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There was a lot of unknowns when it came to Shadow Creek entering the program's first-ever varsity season.

The players had only faced junior varsity squads the past two seasons. The team had fared well in those campaigns going 5-3 in 2017 and 7-2 in 2016.

But what would happen when the Sharks went head-to-head with a varsity program.

Well, since the season-opening 43-7 victory against Summer Creek all Shadow Creek has done is win.

Shadow Creek enters Week 8 with a 7-0 record, has beaten Friendswood, Angleton and Magnolia along the way, and still seem to be an underdog.

"We feel like we have to prove people wrong every game," Shadow Creek defensive end Alec Bryant said. "We’re spacial because we have a lot of talent and we have bought in to what our coaches are saying every day."

The fact that Shadow Creek has won games in its first varsity season is already remarkable. But the run they are on right now is lining up for a historic season.

According to research done on texashighschoolfootballhistory.com, only 10 teams have ever gone undefeated in the regular season in history.

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After the Mariners came alive late in Monday's series opener to hand the Houston the loss and keep their playoff picture hanging in the balance, the Astros returned to T-Mobile Park on Tuesday to try and decrease their magic number. Here's how the middle game went:

Final Score: Astros 6, Mariners 1.

Record: 28-27, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Framber Valdez (5-3, 3.57 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Casey Sadler (1-2, 5.40 ERA).

Both teams trade first-inning runs

The Astros struck first in Tuesday's game, not waiting around until the ninth inning to get on the board. Instead, they jumped out to an immediate 1-0 lead after a two-out RBI-single by Kyle Tucker in the top of the first. The Mariners responded quickly, though, getting a leadoff single in the bottom of the inning before a two-out RBI-double of their own to tie it 1-1.

Astros score five in the sixth

The 1-1 score held all the way until the top of the sixth when the Astros would flip the script from the night prior, taking advantage of some mistakes by Seattle to put up a big inning. First, Michael Brantley started the inning with a solo go-ahead homer to make it 2-1. Then, Kyle Tucker would get his third hit of the night with one out before eventually scoring after a walk and two wild pitches, making it 3-2. With two walks to keep the inning alive and put some insurance runs on base, Martin Maldonado took advantage with a big three-run home run to extend the lead to 6-1.

Valdez finishes seven strong, Astros even series

After allowing the one run in the bottom of the first, Framber Valdez recovered and put together a solid outing on the mound. He allowed just five hits total, two of which came in the first, then back-to-back singles in the fourth and a single in the fifth, while otherwise keeping the Mariners at bay. He would end up completing seven innings of one-run baseball while striking out eight. His final line: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0 HR, 108 P.

After Valdez, Enoli Paredes would take over in the bottom of the eighth, working around a leadoff single to get a scoreless inning to keep it 6-1. In the non-save situation, Josh James would come in for the bottom of the ninth and finish off the win for Houston.

Up Next: The finale and rubber game of this three-game set will start a bit earlier on Wednesday, with first pitch scheduled for 5:40 PM Central. The pitching matchup will be Nick Margevicius (1-3, 5.35 ERA) for the Mariners going against Zack Greinke (3-2, 3.90 ERA) for the Astros.

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