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Momentum-shifting homers propel Plano baseball to opening win over Lake Highlands, 8-2
Plano got a pair of momentum-shifting homers Thursday night, and junior left-hander Kenneth Tabor rolled through the final five innings of an 8-2 victory over Lake Highlands to open a best-of-3 Class 5A bi-district playoff.
Senior third baseman Brad Hoeler gave Plano a two-run lead in the top of the fifth with a line-drive homer to left-center. Plano sophomore center fielder Cody Farhat lined a three-run homer to nearly the same spot to give Plano a 7-2 lead in the sixth.
“I had a 2-0 count and got one in my wheelhouse,” Farhat said. “Coach [Rick Robertson] said he didn’t want to hear anything about the weather. We came out here excited to play.”
With strong winds and temperatures dropping to the mid-40s, some area playoff games were rescheduled.
“I’m sure we both thought about it,” Robertson said. “But we never connected to talk about changing. I was proud of the way our kids battled the elements and a good team.”
Plano took a 3-2 lead in the fourth as Farhat hit a sacrifice fly to center to score J.D. Kaufman, who had walked.
Lining a double on the game’s first pitch, Plano’s Farhat helped Plano off to a 2-0 lead. After a Ryan Robertson single, Farhat scored on a groundout and Plano added its second run on a walk but left the bases loaded. Farhat had a triple in the second but didn’t score.
Lake Highlands catcher Colton Bradley doubled and later scored to make 2-2 in the bottom of the second on an error on a wind-blown popup. Working with low strikes and Lake Highlands chasing some high strikes, Tabor retired 14 of the last 15 batters with only one hit allowed.