Written by Corbett Smith
Plano's Kenneth Tabor one-hits Berkner in bi-district opener
PLANO – With Richardson Berkner ace Jacob Patterson on the mound, everyone expected a lefty to generate lots of strikeouts.
But it was another lefty – Plano senior Kenneth Tabor – that filled that bill.
Tabor struck out 10 in a complete-game one-hitter, as Plano took Game 1 of the Class 5A Region II bi-district series with a 3-0 win.
“They had a good pitcher going, but we knew we had a good pitcher going,” Plano coach Rick Robertson said. “Our thing was pitch and play defense. If we didn’t get him early, we’d get him late. I felt like Kenneth would do a good job – and he did.”
Plano (23-9-1), the District 10-5A champ, broke the game open in the fourth, thanks to lost fly ball to center field that resulted in a triple for Brett Hudspeth. Connor Brady drove him in, and later scored on a single by Cody Farhat – who finished 2 for 4.
Tabor said he didn’t have his best stuff – relying on his fastball and his slider early in the game.
“In the first three, four innings, those two were it,” Tabor said. “After that, the slider went, the fastball went, and I got into a little trouble. But I went back out focused and battled through.”
Berkner (15-16) got two walks with one out in the fifth, before Tabor closed out the inning with a strikeout and groundout. Berkner leadoff hitter Matt Lyons broke up the no-hitter with a single to open the sixth.
Patterson, a Texas Tech signee, entered the game with an area-leading 134 strikeouts in just 64 innings. While he struck out five, he struggled to locate his fastball early. Three passed balls and three errors put him under duress as well, as Patterson pitched with runners in scoring position in all but one inning.