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Stratford sophomore Drew Murdock has balancing act

Stratford sophomore Drew Murdock has balancing act
Murdock was the Spartans’ starting quarterback, played varsity basketball and advanced to state in golf Vype

One of the traits a high school student-athlete must have is time management and Stratford’s Drew Murdock is one of the best in the business.

Murdock was the Spartans’ starting quarterback, played varsity basketball and advanced to state in golf. Throw in the fact that the Murdock family was out of their house for nearly nine months due to Hurricane Harvey makes his accomplishments even more impressive.

All the while, being the No. 1 ranked student in his class.

The Class of 2020 – yes, he’s just a sophomore.

Murdock was thrust into the top quarterback spot after his brother Mark went down with a shoulder injury. Insert the 6-foot younger brother.

“It was very shocking when he went down,” Murdock said. “We were looking forward to playing with each other this season. He was a great mentor for me this year and a great guy to look up to in the locker room.”

When asked about the excitement around his junior season, the answer was a little surprising.

“I’m not 100-percent sure on football next year,” Murdock admitted. “I’ve had several golf coaches tell me that if I just focused on golf, the sky is the limit. I’m going to play a ton of golf this summer. My ultimate goal is to play golf in college, not football.”

He has the genes for golf, seeing that his mom Jenny played college golf at the University of Texas and on the LPGA Tour.

The decision about football will also have a lot to do with the new head coach at Stratford. Coach Eliot Allen departed to take the Brenham High School position and at press date, no decision had been made on a new coach.

“That’s going to play a big role in my decision,” Murdock said. “I know I’ll be itching to play football this summer, but we will see. It would be really tough to walk away from.”

Taking football off the slate will open up his busy schedule if he goes that route.

“It’s certainly not always fun,” Murdock said about his busy schedule. “From 2:30-7 pm I’m grinding on sports stuff, and from 7:30-10 pm I’m studying the textbooks.”

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Jake Meyers hit a go-ahead two-run homer off former Houston reliever Ryne Stanek in the seventh inning, and the Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 on Saturday night to take sole possession of the AL West lead for the first time this year.

Stuck playing catchup through the first 3½ months of the season, Houston has won six of eight to climb into first place all alone.

Seattle lost its fifth straight and fell out of first place for the first time since May 11.

Meyers drove a 1-2 pitch from Stanek (6-3) to right-center field for his 11th homer. Stanek opened the inning by walking Jeremy Peña, and the homer by Meyers cost George Kirby the chance at a victory after he allowed one run in six innings.

Yainer Diaz added a solo homer in the eighth off reliever Trent Thornton that bounced off the top of the wall.

Julio Rodríguez snapped Seattle’s 14-inning scoreless drought when his two-run homer off Framber Valdez gave the Mariners a 2-1 lead in the sixth. It was his 11th of the season and Rodríguez nearly hit a second longball in the eighth off Ryan Pressly only to watch Trey Cabbage make a leaping catch at the wall in right field.

It was one of two terrific defensive plays by the Astros in the eighth as Joey Loperfido ended the inning with a diving grab of Mitch Garver’s drive into the left-field corner and saved one run from scoring.

Valdez pitched 5 2/3 innings. He allowed three hits, four walks and struck out six. Tayler Scott (7-3) got the final out of the sixth before Bryan Abreu, Pressly and Josh Hader closed out the final three innings. Hader earned his 20th save.

Kirby allowed four hits and struck out six. Houston’s only run off him came on Peña’s infield single that scored Alex Bregman in the fourth.

UNUSUAL STRIKEOUT

Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez struck out to end the first inning when he was called for a pitch-clock violation for not being ready in the box prior to a 3-2 delivery from Kirby.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros: RHPs Justin Verlander (neck discomfort) and Luis Garcia (Tommy John surgery) threw bullpens. Verlander threw about 40 pitches with increased intensity, while Garcia threw 15 pitches. Both are expected to throw again sometime early next week. … C Victor Caratini (hip) was expected to catch for a second straight day at Double-A Corpus Christi.

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Astros: RHP Ronel Blanco (9-4, 2.56 ERA) has allowed three earned runs or fewer in seven straight starts, but lost to Texas in his last outing before the All-Star break.

Mariners: RHP Bryan Woo (3-1, 2.45) will make just his second start since June 24. Woo allowed four runs in 3 1/3 innings on July 12.

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