THE FIELD … ON THE FIELD … ON THE FIELD
THE DAYS become more slow in area athletics as the school year reaches its conclusion. While the Rockets’ season came to an end, the Astros become the bigger focus as they seek to maintain their lead in American League West.
Rockets! Spurs! Game seven of the….oh, never mind. With pro basketball lacking a local appeal, this Mother’s Day can be spent freely without scoreboard watching until the Astros complete their four-game series at New York Yankees at 6:30pm. Houston, which took the first game of the set on Thursday night, will throw Charlie Morton and his 4-2 record on the mound against Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka and his 5-1 mark. Morton has won his last three starts, including a victory against Atlanta Braves this past Tuesday, while Tanaka is in the midst of a five-game win streak, with his most recent coming at Cincinnati Reds this past Monday.
Prior to the game, the Yankees will retire the number of longtime shortstop Derek Jeter, who the Astros considered selecting in the first round of the 1992 draft. Because Houston refused to pay Jeter’s request of a $1 million signing bonus, the Astros instead chose Phil Nevin, who had all of 69 plate appearances in a Houston uniform before being traded to Detroit Tigers in 1995. Hal Newhouser, the scout who suggested the Astros select Jeter, resigned as Houston bypassed a player who finished his career with 3,465 hits and will be a first ballot Hall of Famer.
Texas City high school honors its baseball team with a banquet scheduled for 6:00pm at Nessler Center. The Stingarees, coached by Matthew Cooper, reached the class 5a, region III playoffs but were eliminated by Houston Milby in the bi-district round. The event will also honor the ten players who will be graduating from Texas City in the next couple of weeks.
The Astros head down south of New York to begin a three-game series at Miami Marlins beginning at 6:00pm. Houston is scheduled to throw Joe Musgrove against Miami’s Tom Koehler, with Musgrove sporting a 2-3 record, while Koehler is 1-1 on the young season.
Texas City Blocker middle school’s eighth grade boys’ and girls’ tennis teams close out the TCISD 2016-17 athletic schedule when they participate in conference meet at Shadow Creek high school beginning at 3:30pm.