Clear Springs swings for boys state golf glory by Brandon C. Williams
A STATE TITLE is within the grasp of Clear Springs boys golf team, while the Astros continue a lengthy homestand with hard-hitting Detroit Tigers visiting the American League West leaders at Minute Maid Park.
Joe Musgrove seeks to continue his recent run of success when the Astros hurler takes the mound against Cleveland Indians counterpart Danny Salazar when the two division leaders conclude their three-game series at Minute Maid Park beginning at 1:10pm. Musgrove comes into the contest with a 3-3 record, having won his last two starts, including a victory at Miami Marlins this past Monday where he allowed just one run over 5.2 innings of work that lowered his ERA to 4.57.
Compared to Musgrove, Salazar is having a rough go of late, having lost three of his last four decisions and comes into the game with a 2-4 record and a 5.66 ERA. While he does rank seventh in the majors with 62 strikeouts, he comes off a game where he allowed a career-high four homers in a loss to Tampa Bay Rays this past Tuesday.
A date with destiny begins for Clear Springs boys golf team at 8:00am when they begin the opening round of the two-day class 6a golf championship held at Legacy Hills golf course in Georgetown. The Chargers, who won the region III title earlier this month, will be paired with region I champion Lewisville Marcus, region II winners Houston Memorial and Austin Westlake, which captured the region IV crown.
Alex Muniz will be Clear Springs’ first golfer to hit the links and will be followed by Alex Welch at 8:10am, Niko Nebout at 8:20am, Francios Jacobs at 8:30, with Andre Jacobs rounding out the Chargers contingent at 8:40am.
The Astros welcome the Tigers in the opener of a four-game set beginning at 7:10pm. It’s also the first meeting of the season between the teams as Houston staff ace Dallas Keuchel brings his perfect 7-0 record to the mound against young Detroit hurler Michael Fulmer and his 5-1 mark. Keuchel, who defeated the Marlins this past Tuesday, leads the American League in wins, ERA and strikeouts while setting a pace that could earn him his second Cy Young award in the past three seasons. Fulmer scuffled over seven inning in his previous outing against Baltimore Orioles this past Wednesday, but still managed to earn the win.
Friendswood high school football fans can take advantage of the day by purchasing their 2017 season ticket package. The Mustangs, who advanced to the class 6a, region III, division II quarterfinals last season, will open the home portion of the regular season on September 15 when they host Kingwood at Henry Winston Stadium. Coach Robert Koopman’s squad will also welcome Dickinson on September 29 in the district 24-6a opener for both teams.
The season ticket package is $48 and can be purchased online at friendswoodfootball.org