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Heath Hawks move into 1st place tie, pound Pearce, 10-0

(By Aaron Williams) HEATH – The storms that ravaged though most the region Tuesday had seemingly dissipated by the time the Heath Hawks and J.J. Pearce Mustangs lined up to do battle at Wednesday night at the Hawk’s Nest.

However, for the Pearce Mustangs, a storm of another type, in the form of dominant Heath hitting and pitching, rained down on them throughout the contest as Heath rolled to a six inning, run-rule victory, 10-0.

The previous meeting between the schools was a showcase for the top pitchers of each team, Heath’s Jake Thompson (shown above) and Pearce’s Trevor Renfro, as Heath squeezed out a 2-1 victory behind Thompson’s 18 strikeout effort. Heath anticipated a rematch with Renfro but, in what many considered a surprise move, Pearce started John Olson on the mound to battle against Thompson.

Heath has had the luxury of superb starting pitching this season as Thompson, Jovan Hernandez, and freshman sensation Tyler Ivy have all picked up district wins.

It is the Hawk offense, traditionally a team strength, that has been rather dormant for the first half of the season yet on Wednesday night they finally caught fire. The Hawks amassed 12 hits in total and finally gave their pitching staff a little cushion from which to work.

Three different Hawks blasted home runs led by clean up hitter Timbo Duncan’s three-run bomb to break open the game. Junior shortstop Bret Boswell ended the rout with a solo blast to right center-field for his third homer of the year. Freshman Clayton Rasberry hit his first varsity home run as well. Jake Bledsoe chipped in with an RBI double and Jake Thompson was a perfect 3-3 at the plate.

On the mound, Thompson was once again very dominating as he over powered the Mustangs.  He lost his chance for his second no-hitter of the season on a dribbler down the first base line by Rhett Svetgoff that turned into a hit despite a magnificent effort by third baseman Grayson Lewis. Thompson was not bothered by the cheap hit as he continued to mow down Mustang hitters. He would finish the game with 10 strikeouts and one walk along with the cheap single. The Hawks will be very formidable any time Thompson pitches but giving him 10 runs to work with will all but guarantee a Heath win.

With the victory, Heath moved into a tie with Rockwall for the district lead as the Yellowjackets fell to Highland Park, 5-1. Both teams are now 6-2 in 10-4A play with six games to play.

On Thursday, the Hawks travel to McKinney to battle the Lions. Heath won the first match up 6-0 and the Hawks are expected to pitch freshman Tyler Ivy.

Game time is 7:30 at Al Alford Field in McKinney.

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