Heath advances in baseball playoffs, smacks Frisco, 12-1

FRISCO – Five Rockwall-Heath players slugged home runs as the Hawks blasted Frisco 12-1 Friday night for their second victory in a row over the Raccoons, earning Heath (29-5-1) the right to advance to a Bi-District best of three-game playoff series next weekend against Dallas Molina.

Bret Boswell capped a 5-6 series with a late inning two-run blast, Nick Peterson added a two-run shot, Timbo Duncan powered one out to right field, Jake Bledsoe hit a wicked line drive over the left field fence, and Jake Thompson launched a long home run that cleared the fence and the tree line in left centerfield.
By the time this five-inning run-rule-victory by the Hawks ended on a stellar sliding catch by right fielder Austin Stewart, who then rifled a throw to first baseman Jake Thompson to complete a double-play to end the the series, many in the stands may have been confused about what the letter “H” embroidered across the Hawks black jerseys actually represented.
Hawk loyalists know that it represents “Heath” but those Frisco fans in attendance for the two-game sweep may have thought it stood for “home run.”

Coupled with the home runs hit in the series opener by Jovan Hernandez and Jake Thompson, Heath banged out seven home runs in the two-game sweep by six different players.

In support of a fine four-inning start by Jake Baxter, who limited to Frisco (22-10-1) to one unearned run, along with a one inning scoreless relief effort by Jovan Hernandez, Heath batters amassed 11 hits in the game.
Neither Raccoons’ ace pitcher, Travis Sibley nor number two starter Andrew Miller had much success stopping the Hawks.
By Keith Thompson and J.J. Smith


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