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Despite injury, Jake Thompson will play tonight with swollen foot

ROUND ROCK – Despite the painful injury he suffered in yesterday’s game, Rockwall-Heath All-American Jake Thompson will play this evening at his usual third base position since he’s not pitching.

Hawks Coach Greg Harvey told TheRockwallNews.com this morning that Thompson’s foot is swollen and badly bruised but he should be able to swing his bat alright.

“We may have to make some adjustments regarding his base-running and fielding since there is quite a bit of swelling,” said Coach Harvey. “We’ll see what we can do about limiting his running and maybe get some base-runners for him, but as a third-baseman we can’t really use a courtesy runner as we could when he was pitching.”

Thompson was hit on the foot by a line drive in the second inning of yesterday’s 6-3 semi-final victory over Montgomery, in which the Detroit Tiger’s #1 draft pick finished a complete game. The injury obviously caused him great pain and altered his pitching, causing him to lose control of some of his pitches.

All-American pitcher Jovan Hernandez will start tonight for Heath against Cleburne in the State 4-A Championship game. He was the catcher in yesterday’s victory.

No other injuries were reported for Heath players.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher

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