Sayonara Stratford Spartan

Stratford's Kyle Storemski is ready for senior season, Baylor baseball

Kyle Storemski will be playing his last season with the Spartans in 2019. Vype

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Kyle Storemski has played baseball since the age of four. He remembers driving to games, listening to music with his family, and having fun.

Going into high school, Storemski knew what he wanted to do.

“My original goal was to make the team. I didn’t care what team as long as I could play,” he said. “As soon as I got that, my goal shifted to start on the district game days at the varsity levels.”

“After I got there I wanted to keep playing as long as I could and maintain my strong position,” Storemski added. “My goals were set to play at the next level after high school because I wanted to play baseball for as long as I possibly can.”

After his junior season, Storemski officially committed to Baylor University, though the process of his recruitment wasn’t what you would call normal.

Storemski was injured the entire summer season, which for baseball recruiting is one of the most important times.

Still, the Baylor coaches took notice.

“Coach Strauss [Baylor’s pitching coach] cane to watch me at a tournament in Georgia the summer going into my junior year. That put me on the radar,” he said.

 

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Romeo Crennel made a valorous call that might have costed the Houston Texans from winning their second consecutive game on Sunday. Up by seven with 1:50 left in the fourth quarter, Crennel decided to call a two-point conversion following Deshaun Watson's one-yard touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks.

During the two-point conversion, Watson had a look at an open Randall Cobb, but Titans' defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons got a hand on the ball to deflect the pass. The failed conversion allowed the Titans to take a 42-36 victory over the Texans inside Nissan Stadium. Tennessee scored 13 unanswered points, which included a seven-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill to A.J. Brown to send the game into overtime.

"I think I would do it again," Crennel said during his media availability on Monday. "You are on the road against a divisional opponent who is undefeated, and if you could get that two-point conversion — you shut the door on them. We had a guy open, but unfortunately, the ball got tipped and we did not make it. I would do it again because it was a good choice."

The decision to not kick the field goal caused somewhat of an uproar, but it is understandable why Crennel made the call. Crennel had faith in Watson to put the Texans in a position to close the game, similar to his 4th-and-4 call during last week's victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

In the end, Crennel's risky decisions could stem from the lack of faith he has in the Texans' depleted defense.

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Had Houston's defense made a stop during the closing seconds of the fourth quarter, the Texans could have ended the game 2-0 under their interim head coach.

"I wanted to go ahead and get the two points — I felt like that would have put the game out of reach for them," Crennel said. "If we had gotten it, we would have been in much better shape. But we did not get it. We did not perform well in overtime, and they [Titans] won the game."

Following Sunday's heartbreaking loss, Texans safety Justin Reid said it best, "Had we converted on the two-point conversion, this would be a totally different conversation. So it is what it is."

Up next, the 1-5 Texans will look to bounce back from defeat against the 4-1 Green Bay Packers, inside NRG Stadium on Sunday. Kick-off is at 12:00 PM CT.

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