Rockwall-Heath shut out by Texarkana, 12-0, in baseball playoffs; season ends

In a stunning end to their highly-successful baseball season, Rockwall-Heath was shut out on two hits and lost their second game in a row to Texarkana Friday night, 12-0, in their Class 4A Region II best-of-three game semifinal series.

Texarkana beat Heath, 7-4, Thursday night in Texarkana.

Stunning because the run-rule caused the game to end after just five innings.

Heath (27-10) commited three errors in the second, leading to a seven-run inning, including Slade Heathcott’s two-run homer, which gave Texas a 7-0 lead. The visitors tacked on two more in the third and three in the fifth.

John Branum and Drew VerHagen were the only two normally hard-hitting Heath players who managed hits off Texas starter Josh Turley.

Although the Hawks were eliminated from the playoffs, their baseball program has exceeded what they expected to do since the high school opened just three short years ago. The program has already turned out 10 major college recruits and seems primed for more success next season.

“I really believe that we’ve set a mark now that we’re going to achieve every single year,” said Hawks’ head baseball coach .

“Fourth [playoff] round and beyond, that’s our goal.”

“We have the talent coming back to be just as good, if not better.”

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