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Houston, TX Express- At Large

Houston Collegiate Summer League
The Express make their third NBCWS appearance as an at-large team. The Express seek to improve on an 0-3 finish that left them at 2-4. The 2017 team finished 11th (2-1).
The Texas Express is a community based organization dedicated to developing future leaders without regard to the economic constraints faced by many. Their strategy is to use their “National Pastime” to be a positive example, dedicated to developing youth. Their philosophy is reinforcing teamwork, promoting sportsmanship, encouraging positive leadership characteristics, and showing trust.
Pitcher Chase Adams shined for the Express in the 2019 NBC World Series, finishing in the top 20 among tournament pitchers. He held an earned run average of 1.29 with seven strikeouts in seven innings of work, not allowing a walk in the process.
August 3, Hobart-Detter Field, Hutchinson, Kan.
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HUTCHINSON, KS – Behind 14 strikeouts from Liberal’s Aaron Funk, the Bee Jays defeated the Houston, TX Express 9-5 on Monday night at Hobart-Detter Field.

Liberal’s Cade Ward led the offensive charge for the Bee Jays, coming up with three hits and five RBIs in all three of his at-bats. Express pitcher Brad Wilcott recorded seven strikeouts in five innings pitched, with Funk only allowing two hits in seven innings pitched.

After getting the go-ahead run in the first inning, Liberal added insurance in the bottom of the fifth inning by getting runs off a fielding error and a home run by Ward. The Bee Jays scored another run in the bottom of the sixth inning off a wild pitch to make their lead 5-0.

The Express looked to claw their way back with four runs in the top of the eighth inning, but Liberal matched Houston with four runs of their own a half-inning later. Houston managed to come up with one more run in the top of the ninth, but the Bee Jays took care of business in the last half-inning to collect the win.

Liberal returns to Hutchinson on Tuesday to face the Hutchinson Monarchs at 6 p.m. The Express will play at Eck Stadium in Wichita on Wednesday, with the opponent and game time to be determined.

August 5, Hobart-Detter Field, Hutchinson, Kan.
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HUTCHINSON, Kan. – Behind 15 hits in eight innings, the Houston, TX Express defeated Lonestar, TX Baseball Club 15-7 in the 2020 NBC World Series powered by Evergy on Tuesday night at Hobart-Detter Field.

Gales DeVaughn led the Express with five hits in six at-bats, scoring four runs to go with five RBIs. The Express had four players that recorded multi-hit outings, with Lonestar having three players with at least two hits.

Phillip Jones of the Express shined in the final 6.1 innings of play, coming up with 10 strikeouts and earning the win in the process. Tristen Bayless of Lonestar recorded eight strikeouts in 3.2 innings pitched.

After being tied 2-2 at the end of the first inning, Lonestar used a five-run top of the second inning to move ahead 7-2. The Express, however, scored 10 unanswered runs to lead 12-7 after three innings of play. The Express scored three more runs to cap off the run-rule effort in the eighth inning.

The Express takes on the Rose Hill, KS Sluggers at 6 p.m. in Hutchinson on Thursday.

August 6, Hobart-Detter Field, Hutchinson, Kan.
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HUTCHINSON, Kan.- The Houston, TX Express stayed alive in the 2020 NBC World Series powered by Evergy, defeating the Rose Hill, KS Sluggers 5-3 on Thursday night at Hobart-Detter Field.

The Express’ one, two and three hole hitters collected seven of the team’s 10 hits, with Court Cosco leading the way with a 3-for-4 outing and two RBIs. Dante Freeman led the Sluggers with a 4-for-4 outing to go with two RBIs.

After the Sluggers obtained a 2-0 lead through the middle of the third inning, Myles Jefferson scored the Express’ first run off a groundout following a double and wild pitch in the bottom of the third inning. Freeman responded with a solo home run in the top of the fourth inning, extending the Sluggers’ lead 3-1.

Gales DeVaughn answered back in the bottom of the sixth inning with a home run of his own, cutting the Express’ deficit down to one run. The Express took its first lead of the game in the bottom of the eighth inning, scoring three runs that they would eventually keep for good.

The Express will play either the Santa Barbara, CA Foresters or the Liberal, KS Bee Jays on Friday at Eck Stadium. The game time is to be determined.

August 7, Eck Stadium, Wichita, Kan.
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WICHITA, Kan.- After losing to the Liberal, KS Bee Jays in the opening round of the 2020 NBC World Series powered by Evergy, the Houston, TX Express got its revenge on Friday night at Eck Stadium with a 5-4 victory.

Julian Garcia led the Express on the mound with seven strikeouts in 4.2 innings pitched and Tanner King led the Bee Jays with seven strikeouts in the final four innings. Myles Jefferson guided the Express on offense with a 2-for-3 outing at the plate with an RBI while Kade Brewer and Nate White led the Bee Jays’ offense with two hits each.

The Express got on the board first in the bottom of the third inning, scoring two runs off a double by DeVaughn Gales. Gales scored later in the inning following a stolen base and an RBI single, giving the Express a 3-0 lead.

Liberal responded in the top of the fifth inning, with Kade Brewer coming up with an RBI double and Bryce Donovan bringing in the second run with a single to cut the Bee Jays’ deficit to one. Two consecutive hits to start the bottom of the fifth inning allowed the Express to score another run off a single, extending their lead 5-2 following a fielding error.

A walk and a wild pitch in the top of the ninth inning allowed the Bee Jays to stay alive with a run following an RBI single, later cutting the deficit to one run after a sacrifice fly to left field. The Bee Jays managed to get two runners in scoring position with two outs, but pitcher Brad Wilcott forced a 6-3 putout to secure the win for the Express.

The Express advance in the loser’s bracket and will play the winner between the Hays, KS Larks and the Hutchinson, KS Monarchs at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday at Eck Stadium in Wichita.

August 8, Eck Stadium, Wichita, Kan.
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WICHITA, Kan. – The Hutchinson, KS Monarchs stayed alive in the 2020 NBC World Series powered by Evergy on Saturday night at Eck Stadium, defeating the Houston, TX Express 10-4.

Hutchinson obtained its 32nd win of the season, the third most in program history. Tanner White led the Monarchs with three hits in five at-bats, coming up with four RBIs in the process. Austin Callahan hit his ninth home run of the summer season, tying the single season record for home runs in program history with teammate Clayton Chadwick.

The Houston, TX Express finished the NBC World Series with three wins, the most out of their three appearances, and collected its highest finish in program’s history with fourth place.

Tied 1-1 after the first inning, the Monarchs opened the gap with a five-run top of the second inning. A triple by White scored three runs and an RBI single with a sacrifice fly allowed the Monarchs to move ahead 6-1.

The Express scored a run in the bottom of the fifth inning, but four combined runs in the sixth and seventh inning allowed the Monarchs to claim the game by run-rule through the middle of the seventh inning. The Express, however, prevented a run-rule outing by scoring in the bottom of the seventh inning and scored another run in the bottom of the ninth, but the Monarchs held on to guarantee themselves their best overall finish (which was previously fourth) in the NBC World Series in 2020.

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