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High school baseball, softball playoff action continues this weekend

ROCKWALL – High school boys baseball and girls softball play-off action continues this weekend as the Rockwall-Heath Hawks take on Frisco and Rockwall’s Yellowjackets play the Area’s top-ranked Frisco Wakeland in best-of-three Bi-District baseball game series.

The Rockwall Lady Jackets will meet Seagoville in a one-game Area-round playoff Friday and Royse City Lady Bulldogs will play a best of three-game series vs. Corsicana.Rockwall-Heath baseball 

District 10-4A co-champion Heath (27-5-1, 12-2) battles Frisco (22-8-1, 9-5) which tied Frisco Centennial for third place in District 9-4A, Thursday and Friday at 7:30 pm at Smotherman Field in Frisco. If a third game is necessary, it will be played there Saturday at 1 pm.

The Hawks hitting attack is led by first baseman and pitcher Jake Thompson, who’s hitting .485 with 8 home runs and 37 RBIs; plus is 8-2 on the mound, with an impressive 1.95 ERA and 86 strike-outs in 57.3 innings.

Pitcher and third baseman Jovan Hernandez has leads the Area in pitching wins at 9-0, with a sparkling 1.43 ERA, with 62 strikeouts in 58.67 innings.

Smotherman Field is located at 6927 Stadium Lane, north of Frisco Memorial Stadium.  Parking and the main entrance for players and fans are located on the third-base (west) side of the baseball field.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Rockwall  baseball

Winning its last four games in a row, the Yellowjackets (20-11-1, 9-5) finished the regular season in District 10-4A in fourth place. District 9-4A champion Wakeland (29-4, 13-1) is ranked first in the Dallas Morning News High School poll and fourth in the THSBCA 4A state poll.

Rockwall is led in hitting by Chris Colacecchi, who hit .416, with 4 home-runs and 17 RBI; Spencer Edwards, who batted .409, with 9 and 39; and Steve Bean, .408 and 7 and 31.

Thomas Anderson is the Yellowjackets’ leading pitcher with an 8-3 record, 2.55 ERA and 87 strikeouts in 66 innings.

Wakeland has seven players among the Area’s hitting leaders, beginning with Willie Schwanke, hitting .494. Hayden Nixon leads pitchers with an 8-1 record.

Rockwall and Wakeland are scheduled to play Thursday and Friday at 7:30 pm at Wylie High School. If a third game is needed, it would be at 1 pm Saturday there.

The Wolverines have beaten a succession of RISD teams, including both Rockwall and Rockwall-Heath in last year’s baseball playoffs, plus the Rockwall girls’ soccer team last month in a Region II-4A finals shootout on their way to a state championship.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Rockwall softball

District 10-4A champion Rockwall (20-6-1, 13-1) won its Bi-District playoff last week over Carrollton Newman Smith, 12-0.

Seagoville won its Bi-District playoff last week over Dallas Bryan Adams 16-1.

Pitcher Laycee Holcomb leads the Lady Jackets with an 18-3 record and 1.50 ERA, plus is hitting .478 with 40 RBIs.

Leading hitters are Cyndi Bertrand at .558, one homer and 46 RBI. Carlie Jenkins (.500), Ashton Atwell (.461), and Bailey Frierson (.422) are leading hitters.

Royse City softball

After ace pitcher and Kansas University recruit Alicia Pille gave up only one hit in two victories over Nacogdoches last week, 5-1 and 6-0, District 13-4A champion Royse City will battle Corsicana (25-12) Thursday at home at 7 pm and Friday there at 7 pm. If necessary, the teams will play there Saturday at Noon.

The Area’s top 4A pitcher, Alicia Pille, leads the Lady Bulldogs with a 17-2 record, ridiculously low .690 ERA, plus incredible 340 strikeouts in 142 innings.

Preslei Morrow is the leading hitter with a .400 batting average.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher

 

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