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VYPE Softball rankings powered by Barcelona Sports: Week 1

There should be no surprise on who starts at the top for Class 6A. Via VYPE

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The first softball rankings of the 2019 season are here from VYPE powered by Barcelona Sports.

There should be no surprise on who starts at the top for Class 6A as the defending state champions bring back a lot of weapons. Mikayla Garza and Katie Cimusz were fun to watch in their stellar freshman campaigns at Atascocita. Now time to see what they do as an encore.

Behind them The Woodlands is loaded again and watch out for Klein Collins. This team was on the verge of reaching the state tournament last season. They move into the same district as The Woodlands, which will make for some fun softball in 2019.

In Class 5A, the top team to start the year is Barbers Hill. The Eagles have all the pieces to make a run. Jessica Mullins (Texas State-commit) leads the crew in the circle and they have plenty of firepower at the plate in Sydney Hoyt (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) and Rebecca Miller (Pitt). Expect for them to compete for a spot late in the season. Also a team to watch is Angleton. This team brings back a lot of talent from a 34-5 year and one it reached the Regional Finals.

This is going to be fun!

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Houston gets back in the win column

Astros end six-game skid thanks to a gem by Greinke

Zack Greinke tossed a gem Saturday night. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

After the Mariners roared back Friday night to get a walk-off win over the Astros, dashing their hopes of ending their losing streak, Houston tried to even the series with a win on Saturday night with their ace Zack Greinke on the mound. Greinke would do his part, throwing a terrific game, and the Astros would squeak out one run, which was enough to get back in the win column.

Final Score: Astros 1, Mariners 0

Astros' Record: 7-7, fourth in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Zack Greinke (2-1)

Losing Pitcher: Chris Flexen (1-1)

Plenty of hits, but only one run

Although the Astros were racking up hits against Chris Flexen, they had little to show for it. Eight different batters would notch ten hits against him, but the only time it amounted to a run was on a two-out RBI-single by Taylor Jones in the top of the fourth, giving Houston a 1-0 lead.

Greinke spins a gem

Luckily for them, Zack Greinke was making it look like that would be enough. He cruised through the Mariners all night, allowing just four hits while giving up zero runs along with six strikeouts, one of which moved him past 2,700 on his career. He could have attempted to finish the complete-game shutout, but at 91 pitches after eight, Dusty Baker opted to bring in closer Ryan Pressly for the ninth. Greinke's final line: 8.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 91 P.

Houston finally ends their losing streak

With the high-leverage save opportunity in the bottom of the ninth, Ryan Pressly entered to hold on to the one-run lead. He would do his job, finishing off the win for Greinke and putting an end to Houston's disappointing losing streak.

Up Next: The third and final game of this series will get underway at 3:10 PM Central on Sunday. Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 13.50 ERA) will look to make a rebound from his disappointing first start with the Astros, while the Mariners will start Nick Margevicius (0-1, 7.04 ERA).

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