THE FIELD … ON THE FIELD … ON THE FIEL
CLEAR BROOK bids for state tennis glory in College Station as the end of the week also sees the Astros returning home from a successful road trip and the spring sports banquet circuit approaches its conclusion.
It’s an early start for the Astros as they conclude a three-game set at Miami Marlins beginning at 11:10am. Lance McCullers gets the start for Houston in search of improving his 3-1 record with a 2.98 ERA. He’ll be opposed by Miami hurler Jose Urena, who comes into the game with a 1-1 record and 1.98 ERA. McCullers struck out seven over six innings of shutout ball and earned a win at New York Yankees this past Friday, while Urena took the loss in his previous start this past Friday against Atlanta Braves, giving up two runs in six innings while striking out four.
The mixed doubles tandem of Andres Padilla and Maria Herrera will represent Clear Brook in the class 6a state tennis tournament, which begins at George P. Mitchell Tennis Center and Omar Smith Intramural Tennis Center on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station. Padilla and Herrera, who advanced out of a tough region III, will open their state title bid against the Houston Memorial duo of Sarah Mabee and Andrew Shuvalov in the quarterfinal round beginning at 12:30pm.
A win would then advance Padilla and Herrera to the semifinals at 5:00pm, with another win setting the stage for them to play for the state championship at noon on Friday.
Texas City high school’s swimming and water polo and softball teams each have their banquets, with the swimming and water polo squads hosting their event at Showboat Theater beginning at 5:00pm, while the softball team will get underway at Doyle Center starting at 6:00pm.
For a second straight weekend, the Astros find themselves facing a team that could be a potential American League Championship Series opponent when Cleveland Indians visit Minute Maid Park for the first of a weekend set of three beginning at 7:10pm. The teams met in Cleveland last month, with the defending AL champion Indians taking a pair of one-run games after losing the opener on April 25.
One of the first of many summer camps will be held at Lady Stings Field as the Texas City softball team hosts a mini-camp for girls ages 7-14. The camp will be held from 9:00-11:30am.
The Astros host their annual Bayou Bash from noon to 3:00pm as Crawford Street will be filled with plenty of crawfish, live music, games and a host of other attractions. Those interested in going must have a game ticket for the Indians-Astros game, which will begin at 3:10pm.