The local high school baseball teams are off to a fast start with the district races about to take over everyone’s schedule.
St. Thomas High School
The Eagles are still a couple weeks away from starting TAPPS District play, but they are doing well, opening the season with five consecutive wins and seven victories in their first 10 games. They will complete their three non-district tournaments Saturday, March 10 in the final day of play in their own Father Wilson/Sister Julia tournament.
They have participated in the John Cooper and Lamar Consolidated ISD tournaments and ran into some stiff competition in Rosenberg at the LCISD event with two of the Eagles’ three losses going into this week coming in that tournament, which ended last Saturday. The defending 6A TAPPS state champions return to the field at the end of this week with three games in three days. On Thursday, March 15 they will be home to play HCYA at 5:30 p.m. before a home-and-away two-game series with Kinkaid.
They will entertain Kinkaid 1 p.m. Friday, March 16 before going to Kinkaid for another 1 p.m. ballgame the next day.
The Bulldogs began the week unbeaten in District 18-6A and holding the best overall record of anyone in this tough eight-team Houston ISD league as they wrap up preseason tournament play this weekend in Crosby.
The Bulldogs, managed by David Perry, started with an 8-2-1 record, having played outstanding baseball the first three weeks of the season. And they are hoping to continue that success in district play, which they really began to take head-on this past week when they faced Chavez Monday afternoon and then came right back Tuesday to play Sam Houston.
While the eight wins were two more than three-time defending district champion Lamar and one more than Bellaire, they were happy to start league play with an 8-0 triumph over Westbury that put them atop the early standings.
The maroon-and-white began the year in far South Texas with four wins at the Taft tournament, including two over the host school Taft. They then did well at the Conroe tournament, going 2-2 against some stout competition. They knocked off Stratford, 2-1 in a pitcher’s duel and beat host school Conroe, 5-2, before dropping a 3-2 decision to a very good Klein Collins team and falling to Cy-Fair to end it.
The Heights are going for a third consecutive trip to the Region III-6A playoffs. The Bulldogs’ tie this winter was a 3-3 game against Cy Woods, which is the team that knocked them out of the first round last year. Stalwart returning pitchers like 2017 first-team all-district junior Armani Sanchez and 18-6A second team senior Chris Macias are among the veterans they have.
All-District senior outfielders Andrew Garland and Timothy Hernandez along with first baseman/designated hitter Jeremiah Gantt are other returning players that will help the Bulldogs stay among the elite teams in Houston ISD.
After finishing up play Saturday morning, March 10 in the Crosby tournament against Galena Park, the Heights play two District 18-6A games in two days before they officially start their Spring Break with 10 days off. On Monday, March 12, they play Mickey Leland College Prep Academy at 4 p.m. before coming back Tuesday, March 13 with a 1 p.m. first pitch against Carnegie Vanguard. They won’t play again after that game until March 23 when they face defending district champ Lamar.
Lutheran High North
The Lions are hoping to be above .500 going into the start of TAPPS district play after bouncing back from an 0-3 start to the season with four straight wins. The Lions put the wraps on the non-league portion of their schedule this week when they competed Saturday in the Father Wilson/Sister Julia tournament at St. Thomas High School. They then take on Providence Classic Tuesday, March 13 in Spring before they begin their TAPPS 4A district slate a week later at home against Northland Christian.
For the blue-and-white it is all about maintaining the recently-found momentum they have collected with a four-game winning streak. After dropping their first three games and not scoring a run in any of them, they have come back with a nice stretch of play and are hoping to build on that going forward.