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It's one thing to dream about hitting game-winning home runs. It's quite another to actually do it when the pressure is on.

The players and fans at Cinco Ranch (Katy, Texas) got to experience the thrill of a lifetime when senior Trent Bowles hit a walk-off grand slam to give his team a 12-10 win over Lamar (Houston) on Saturday to win the Bi-District playoff matchup.

"What's on my mind at the plate?" Bowles told the Houston Chronicle. "'I want this. This is a situation I've been dreaming of since I was a little kid,' and I finally get it and I came through — just like I always did in my dreams."

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound outfielder/designated hitter finished a three-hit, six-RBI performance by clearing the left field bleachers in the bottom of the seventh inning, and the cameras in the stands were right there to record the moment.

The Cougars had some catching up to do after Lamar put up a seven-run fifth inning to take a 10-5 lead. But there was no quit in Bowles or Cinco Ranch.

"We never lose hope, no matter what the score is," Bowles told the Chronicle. "We saw the other team score seven runs in one inning, so why can't we? Why can't we come back and win?"

And win they did, posting a furious rally in the final inning capped by Bowles' heroics, to take the final tilt of a three-game playoff series.

Cinco Ranch improved to 15-16-1 and moves on to face Langham Creek in the Region III area round.