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Hawk Jovan Hernandez ties 21-year-old Texas hitting streak record

Rockwall-Heath’s Jovan Hernandez tied a 21-year-old state high school baseball hitting streak record Friday morning at 42 games with a second-inning double in the Hawks season-opening, 6-0 win over Del Valle in the Waco ISD baseball tournament.

But third baseman Hernandez will have to settle for sharing the record with Orangefield’s Jeff Granger, who set it in 1990, because he went 0-for-4 in Heath’s second game of the day, a 6-2 win over Killeen Harker Heights.

Hernandez, unfortunately, grounded out three times and struck out.

In the first game, he went 1-for-3, with a walk in the first, his double in the second, a lineout to short in the fourth and a flyout to center in the sixth.

Because he is only a junior, Hernandez will still have this and next season to start another hitting streak.

Not to be overlooked, Heath’s Jake Thompson threw a no-hitter with 14 strikeouts in the Del Valle game, allowing only two Cardinals to reach base. Thompson hit one with a pitch, and the second made it to first base on an error by Hernandez.

Thompson also doubled home two runs in the Hawks’ four-run first inning.

Heath’s Jake Baxter was the winning pitcher in the second game.

The Hawks will play two more games today, vs. Midlothian at 4:45 pm and vs. Killeen Shoemaker at 6 pm.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher.

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