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Lamar, Memorial, Stratford move on in baseball

May 9, 2019

One team from Houston ISD and two from Spring Branch ISD are still playing after one round of the UIL baseball playoffs.

Lamar and Memorial earned sweeps of their Region III-6A bi-district series against Jersey Village and Bellaire, respectively. Stratford staved off elimination twice to defeat Westside in three games, 5-7, 7-6, 4-0.

The Spartans missed the playoffs the last two years but finished as District 17-6A runner-up this season. Westside took the initial lead in the bi-district series, with Luis Rodriguez pitching 5 1/3 innings in relief to earn the decision.

Daniel Bellow drove in three, Hector Rodriguez drove in two, Tyroun Murray scored twice and Gunnar Thompson doubled and scored for the Wolves.

The Spartans trailed 6-2 in game two before a four-run sixth and Bryce Calloway’s walk-off sacrifice fly, scoring Ryan Tamez. Miller tripled and reached base four times for the Spartans, while John Alvey reached base three times and Clayton Wendell scored twice.

Westside fell despite 4 2/3 strong innings from Zac Schneider, two hits from Jose Jimenez and Hector Rodriguez and a triple and two runs from Gabriel Estrada.

Miller, who earned the win in game two, struck out five through five one-hit shutout innings in game three, adding a double and an RBI. Marshall McDuffie, who worked 4 1/3 innings in game two, came back to close the clincher and complete the shutout.

Jackson Ware doubled with an RBI and Calloway had three hits as Stratford advanced to an area matchup with 20-6A champion Ridge Point.

District 18-6A champion Lamar had little trouble advancing, sweeping Jersey Village 12-4 and 8-3. Alexander Lopez was 5 for 7 with a home run, two doubles and eight RBIs in the series to lead a potent lineup.

Drew Woodcox was 5 for 8 with a double, triple, five runs and four RBIs. Brendan Cumming added four hits and four runs, with Sam Frank, Jacob Doxakis and Ross Selvaggi all recording multi-hit games.

Joe Castillo went 6 2/3 innings in game one, allowing three runs on three hits. Cole Vessels took the win with 4 1/3 effective innings in game two, with Gunnar Gregg’s 2 2/3 shutout innings earning the clinching save.

Lamar matches up with 19-6A runner-up Katy in the area playoffs.

Memorial defeated Bellaire twice 5-2, led by Blake Rottino’s complete game in game one. Jackson Appel had a team-high five hits in the series. Mikey McGinnis was 2 for 3 with a double, run and RBI in game one.

Jared Plank struck out six in four scoreless frames in game two, with Will Murchison earning the hold and Thomas Vincent the save. Payne Trozzo homered and scored twice, with Matthew McHenry adding two runs.

The Mustangs play 20-6A No. 2 seed Travis in the area playoffs.

Heights ended its postseason but not without taking a game from Cy-Fair. The Bulldogs earned a 5-2 victory behind six strong innings from Vincent Sanchez, who struck out six and was 2 for 2 with a triple.

Kevin Gonzales scored twice with an RBI and Carlos Marquez was 2 for 3 with a run and RBI for Heights. Sai Gonzales recorded the save.