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Heath Hawks blast McKinney, 14-3, surge into first place


(By Aaron Williams) MCKINNEY – The Heath Hawks took over sole possession of the District 10-4A baseball leaderboard by trouncing the host McKinney Lions 14-3 in a six inning-run rule win at Alford Field in McKinney Thursday night.

It was Heath’s second night in a row to put together a total team effort as JJ Pearce fell to the resurgent Hawks on Wednesday.

Heath started freshman Tyler Ivey on the mound and he responded with another strong outing as he carried a shutout into the fifth inning before being  lifted for junior Ryan Kinney. Kinney mowed down the Lions for the final 1 1/3 innings after three runs, all charged to Ivey scored.

Ivey appears to have moved into the number two spot in the Hawk rotation as Coach Greg Harvey has tweaked his lineup to allow Jovan Hernandez to play catcher full-time. Senior Jake Thompson has been playing 3B during Ivey’s starts with Grayson Lewis playing 2B. The results have been quite successful.

Offensively, the Hawks were once again paced by senior Timbo Duncan as he went deep for the second night in a row by smashing a grand slam off of the scoreboard in right center to push the Heath lead to 6-0 in the second inning.

Duncan has been the offensive player of the season for the Hawks. Hitting in the clean up spot, Duncan has feasted on those pitchers who avoid Jake Thompson. Timbo has picked up multiple big hits and is enjoying a superb senior year to this date.

Other contributors to the hit parade Thursday were Jake Thompson, who scorched a two run homer to the opposite field power alley in the third inning, Bret Boswell had three RBI including a two run double, Grayson Lewis doubled, Jake Baxter, Austin Stewart, and  Jake Bledsoe each chipped in with hits. Jovan Hernandez had a 2-4 night.

Coupled with Rockwall’s 1-0 loss to Wylie, Heath is now in sole possession of first with a 7-2 record.

Next game: Tuesday at McKinney North,  7:30 pm.

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