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VYPE rankings: Titles at stake this week for top teams

Clear Lake knocked off Friendswood to make things interesting in Class 24-6A. Andy Tolbert

Originally appeared on Vype.com.

The games that made the most waves last week that affected our polls today were Clear Lake knocking of then-No. 9 Friendswood, Lufkin knocking Oak Ridge out of the rankings and Tomball upsetting district-leader Huntsville in Class 5A.

Clear Lake knocked off Friendswood to make things interesting in Class 24-6A. By Andy Tolbert

So what will this weekend bring?

In Class 5A, No. 1 Katy faces steady-climbing Strake Jesuit for the district title. Could be lopsided in the Tigers’ favor, but kudos for the Crusaders being in this position. Up north, No. 2 faces No. 13 Klein for their district title. The Bearkats only stubbed their toe against Oak for their only blemish.

The heavyweight game of the week?

No. 5 Ridge Point vs No. 9 FB Bush for bragging rights in Fort Bend and the championship belt. Stay tuned for our predictions later in the week.

In Class 5A, No. 2 Angleton faces No. 9 Foster. The big question is will star BJ Foster be on the field or on the sideline due to injury. Tomball now faces Magnolia West, who is also undefeated in 20-5A. In Class 21-5A, Porter and New Caney go for the No. 2 spot in district.

CLASS 6A 

Rank

Team (Record) 

Comment
1 Katy (6-0) For District Title vs Strake Jesuit?
2 Klein Collins (7-0) Big Game vs No. 14 Klein for Crown
3 Cy-Fair (7-0) Falls; Then Langham Looming
4 Westfield (7-0) Will Take Down Ike
5 Ridge Point (6-1) Game of the Week vs No. 9 Bush
6 The Woodlands (5-1) Montgomery Up Next
7 Lamar (5-1) Rolling Through HISD
8 Langham Creek (7-0) Lobos are Legit; Cy-Fair in Crosshairs
9 Bush (6-0) Can Broncos Knock Off No. 5 Ridge Point?
10 Spring (6-1) No Probs with Big Mac on Deck
11 Cinco Ranch (6-1) Morton Ranch Will Hang around for Half
12 Atascocita (5-1) Will Dominate CE King
13 Klein (6-1) Klein Collins for the Title
14 Dawson (6-1) Alief Taylor Up Next
15 Strake Jesuit (6-1) Can they Shock World in W Over Katy?
16 Clear Lake (6-2) Do Not Led Down Now, Falcons
17 Friendswood (6-2) Must Rebound after Lake Loss
18 Deer Park (5-3) Off Week
19 Summer Creek (5-3) In Playoffs Now; Channelview Next
20 Pasadena Memorial (5-1) La Porte will be Tough Game


CLASS 5A

Rank

Team (Record) 

Comment
1 Manvel (7-0) Rolling; Santa Fe Up Next
2 Angleton (7-0) Faces Foster for Title; BJ Hurt?
3 Crosby (8-0) Humble On Deck
4 Magnolia West (7-0) Crushed Waller; Tomball a Great Matchup
5 FB Marshall (4-2) Texas City Should be a W
6 Tomball (6-2) Huge Win Over Huntsville; Now Mag West
7 Waltrip (7-0) They are Going Undefeated
8 Foster (5-2) Peaking At Right Time w/Angleton Up
9 Barbers Hill (6-2) Off Week
10 Porter (6-2) New Caney Week

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Houston goes up 1-0 in the series

Altuve, Correa help lift Astros to ALCS Game 1 win over Red Sox

Carlos Correa's go-ahead homer in the seventh inning of ALCS Game 1 helped lift the Astros to a 1-0 series lead. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Despite one rough loss to the White Sox in the ALDS, the Astros looked like the dominant team they are capable of being, taking that series 3-1 to advance and taking ownership of home-field advantage in the ALCS against the Red Sox, who upset the Rays. In Game 1, despite trailing for the middle portions of the game, Houston would get more highlight moments from the faces of the franchise to start the series with a win.

Final Score: Astros 5, Red Sox 4

ALCS Series (Best of Seven): Houston leads 1-0

Winning Pitcher: Ryne Stanek

Losing Pitcher: Hansel Robles

Houston strikes first, but Boston sends Valdez to an early exit

Both starting pitchers worked in and out of trouble in the early goings of ALCS Game 1, starting with Framber Valdez in the top of the first. After erasing a leadoff single by inducing a double play, he went on to load the bases on a single and two walks but would strand all three runners to keep Boston off the board. The Astros jumped in front in the bottom half, with Jose Altuve working a leadoff walk, moving to second on a one-out single by Alex Bregman, advancing to third on a wild pitch, then ultimately scoring on a sac fly by Yordan Alvarez to put Houston ahead 1-0 after one frame.

They had a chance to extend their lead in the bottom of the second, taking advantage of a shaky inning by Chris Sale, who loaded the bases with one out as Houston would get two singles and a hit-by-pitch. That flipped the order over to the top, but a great diving catch by former Astro Kiké Hernández would end the inning. Hernández led off the top of the third against Valdez, and he would tie things up with a solo homer.

Things went downhill from there for Valdez and the Astros, as a one-out walk followed by a single gave the Red Sox the go-ahead run in scoring position. On a groundball that likely should have been a double play to end the inning, it would get through Altuve's legs, scoring a run and keeping the inning alive for Boston. They took advantage, getting an RBI double to extend their new lead to 3-1. Valdez would get one more out before Dusty Baker would give him the early hook, bringing in Yimi Garcia, who finished the frame.

A battle of the bullpens, Altuve ties it up

Like Valdez, Sale would also not make it through three innings, getting two outs while putting two on base before Boston would start their bullpen's night as well. Both sets of relievers settled the game down, with the Red Sox stranding two of Houston's runners in the third as well as the fifth, maintaining their two-run lead. After Garcia finished the third, Cristian Javier entered to eat up a couple of innings, and he would do just that by getting through two frames with just one hit, four strikeouts, and no runs.

Next, Phil Maton took over in the top of the sixth and erased a leadoff walk to keep things in striking distance for the home team. In the bottom of the sixth, Houston put another runner on base, getting a one-out single by Chas McCormick. Two batters later, with two outs, Jose Altuve provided yet another career postseason highlight, tying the game 3-3 with a two-run home to re-energize the Minute Maid Park crowd.

Astros take ALCS Game 1

Now a brand new ballgame in the top of the seventh, Brooks Raley came in to face three batters, getting two strikeouts while allowing a single before Dusty Baker would move on to Ryne Stanek, who would get the third out. With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Carlos Correa continued his march to a monster off-season contract, putting Houston back on top with a solo homer, making it 4-3.

Houston kept the script after Stanek with the new lead in hand, going to Kendall Graveman as the setup man in the top of the eighth. Despite a two-out single, he would get out of the inning with the lead intact, putting Houston three outs away from the victory. After a walk, single, and hit by pitch to start the bottom of the eighth with the bases loaded, Altuve would drive in his third run of the game, getting a sac fly to extend the lead to two runs at 5-3.

That insurance run proved pivotal, as closer Ryan Pressly was met with a leadoff solo home run by Hernandez, his second of the night for Boston, to make it 5-4. Pressly refocused and was able to get the next three batters in order, though, wrapping up the win to start Houston off with a 1-0 series lead and putting them three wins away from advancing to the World Series.

Up Next: The two teams will have a moderately quick turnaround, with ALCS Game 2 scheduled to start at 3:20 PM Central on Saturday ahead of NLCS Game 1 between the Dodgers and Braves getting the night slot. The pitching matchup is expected to be Nathan Eovaldi for Boston, who is 1-0 with a 2.61 ERA in his two starts this postseason, going opposite Luis Garcia, who had a rough outing in the ALDS for Houston, giving up five runs without completing three innings in Chicago.

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