Written by Corbett Smith
After illegal bat ruling snuffs Poteet rally, Heath breaks it open
DUNCANVILLE — Rockwall-Heath coach Greg Harvey didn’t think of it as a turning point in his team’s 10-3 win Friday over Mesquite Poteet.
If it wasn’t, the decision was certainly a big play at a critical time.
Responding to a protest from Harvey, umpires called out Poteet’s Ryan Taylor at first base for using an illegal bat. The out ended a fifth-inning threat by Poteet, which trailed by a run but had runners on first and second with two outs and cleanup hitter Beau Nowell due up next.
“To be honest, my kids pointed it out,” Harvey said of Taylor’s composite bat, which was not on the UIL’s approved list.
Heath soon broke open Game 2 of the best-of-3 Class 4A Region II finals. Heath scored three runs in the fifth inning to chase Poteet starter Blake Griffin and added three in the sixth.
Harvey and left fielder Jake Baxter said a more disciplined approach at the plate was the difference from Game 1, when Poteet starter Chad Young had shut out Heath in a 2-0 win.
“We had a better approach at the plate, making sure that every time we came up, we were taking care of business, and not just being free swingers,” Baxter said.
Baxter went 2-for-4 and scored three runs, and center fielder Nick Petersen went 2-for- 3 with an RBI double and a run scored. All nine starters for Heath got at least one hit.
Game 3 will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, at Duncanville.