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Rockwall-Heath loses first game of season but advances to Playoff Finals

By J.J. Smith. Playing a playoff double-header yesterday, the nation’s top-ranked Rockwall-Heath baseball team finally lost their first game of the season to Cleburne, 4-3, but came back in the final game of their best-of-three-game series to defeat Cleburne 6-2, advancing to the Class 4A Region II Finals.

The Hawks had already beaten Cleburne Thursday night, 4-1.

In the final game, Jovan Hernandez survived a difficult start but pitched a complete game and also had two RBI hits to lead the Hawks.

Jake Thompson had two RBI hits, as well, and Drew Baxter and John Branum doubled runs home.

In the first game, Cleburne jumped on pitcher Jake Thompson early and grabbed a 4-0 first inning lead, before Heath almost caught up.

Drew Baxter and Jake Thompson each drove in runs in the third inning and Armando Villa scored on a wild pitch in the fourth inning. The Hawks had runners on first and second in the seventh inning but a Cleburne double-play ended the game.

Rockwall-Heath now has 39 victories and just one defeat for the season.

They will next play Frisco Wakeland (29-10) in the Class 4A Region II Finals at a location and date to be announced. Wakeland beat Waco Midway (26-12-1) twice Thursday and Saturday to earn the spot, 4-3 and 6-1.

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