THE FIELD … ON THE FIELD … ON THE FIEL
SOFTBALL’S regular-season play concludes on a Friday that also sees a full slate of high-school baseball games. The end of the week also sees the Astros concluding an MLB homestand while the Rockets spend the next few days playing games two and three of the NBA’s Western Conference quarter-finals.
Looking to build upon Sunday’s 118-87 pasting of Oklahoma City in game one, the Rockets host the Thunder in the second game of their best-of-seven NBA Western Conference contest.
Houston outscored OKC 59-33 in the second half of Sunday’s game while also holding Rockets guard James Harden’s most-valuable-player rival candidate Russell Westbrook to just six field goals in 23 attempts.
Tonight’s game, scheduled for 7:00pm, will be televised on both TNT and Root Sports.
Baseball fans up for skipping work will probably be found at Minute Maid Park, where the Astros host Los Angeles Angels for a 1:10pm contest. The game is the finale of a four-game set against the Angels and also marks the end of a brief homestand for American League West leaders the Astros, who hit the road for three games at Tampa Bay Rays this weekend and a three-game set at defending American League champions Cleveland Indians from next Tuesday to Thursday before returning home to play Oakland Athletics on April 28.
The high-school baseball schedule has Alvin at Clear Brook, Clear Creek at Clear Lake, Danbury at La Marque, Dickinson at Clear Falls, Friendswood at Clear Springs, Galveston Ball at Fort Bend Marshall, Hitchcock at East Bernard, Manvel at Texas City and Santa Fe at Shadow Creek. Each game begins at 7:00pm.
In softball action, Clear Falls will be at Clear Creek, Dickinson at Clear Brook, Friendswood at Alvin, Galveston Ball at Fort Bend Marshall, Manvel at Texas City and Santa Fe at Shadow Creek, with each game beginning at 6:30pm.
Game three of the Western Conference first round sees the Rockets playing on the road as they take on Oklahoma City at 8:30pm in a game televised on both ESPN and Root Sports. Houston split their two regular-season on-the-road meetings against the Thunder with OKC claiming a 105-103 victory on November 16 before the Rockets handed them a 102-99 setback on December 9.
Former Clear Springs star Will McBride is given his chance to show why he has put himself in the thick of University Of Tennessee’s quarterback race when the Volunteers host their annual spring football game at 3:00pm, an event that will be televised on SEC Network.
McBride enrolled at Tennessee in time for spring semester and is among five players vying to win the starting job when the Vols open their 2017 regular season at home against Georgia Tech on September 4.