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Cory Scheibner tosses gem as Allen KO’s defending 4A champ Rockwall-Heath
ROCKWALL — With comparatively little state baseball playoff experience, Allen rolled to an 8-2 victory Saturday over Rockwall-Heath to sweep a best-of-3 series in the Class 5A area round playoffs.
Allen got a three-run home run from senior first baseman Chris Balogh and a complete-game four-hitter from senior Cory Scheibner to oust last year’s Class 4A state champs on their own field.
“Everything is big for us,” third-year Allen coach Paul Coe said. “We don’t have a player who has been in the baseball playoffs. We’re peaking at the right time.”
Allen does have plenty of overall playoff experience, with five players from a Class 5A Division I state football champion — including starting center fielder Cole Carter, DH Ryan Hoogerwerf, second baseman Kyler Murray and left fielder Camden Cooper.
“They’ve played before 50,000 people,” Coe said. “What they bring from another sport in handling situations is certainly a help.”
Allen (22-10-2) advances to meet District 10-5A foe Plano West in the regional quarterfinals.
Heath (24-11) rose to Class 5A this season after dominating 4A the last four years and featured a young nucleus, with only senior Texas signee Bret Boswell returning. Fittingly, Boswell’s final hit at Heath was a line-drive single to left, capping a senior season in which he hit .538.
Heath’s hard-throwing but young pitching staff struggled with control in the two losses, and its aggression on the bases in an effort to ignite the offense led to four runners being picked off in the series.
Allen played small ball well, with seven sacrifices and six stolen bases in the series.
Allen led 2-0 in the third inning after Hoogerwerf doubled home Carter, who had singled. Cooper gave Allen a 4-0 lead with two-run double in the fourth, and Balogh’s 360-foot homer to right in the sixth-inning made it 8-0.
Scheibner kept Heath off-balance with fastball and slider. The right-hander didn’t have a walk (but did have a hit batter) and gave up only one hit before Heath sophomore first baseman Clayton Rasbeary doubled home two runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Scheibner picked up both victories in the series. In Friday’s Game 1, he halted a Heath rally in the top of seventh, retiring the only batter he faced. Allen scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Murray in the bottom of the seventh.