Written by Corbett Smith
Rockwall-Heath turns early pitchers duel into rout of Allen in Game 1 of series
ALLEN — Rockwall-Heath coach Greg Harvey said his team was peaking at the right time, playing its best at this point in the UIL playoffs.
That showed in the late innings against Allen, with Heath turning an early pitchers duel into a 13-1 rout in the opener of the Class 5A Region II quarterfinal series.
Heath (31-7) scored 12 runs in the final three innings, bouncing Allen starter and West Virginia signee Cole Carter, then knocking around the Eagles’ bullpen.
Tyler Pinkston pitched a complete-game four-hitter, and shortstop R.J. Williams went 3 for 4 with 3 RBI, a home run and a triple.
“We came out expecting [Carter] to pitch well,” Williams said. “He was working his curveball pretty good early on. But we got to him late.”
Williams’ home run came in the first inning, a 380-foot blast over the tall part of the left-centerfield wall. That 1-0 lead stood until the top of the fifth, when Heath started chipping away.
Clayton Rasbeary hit an RBI double, and Williams scored on an errant throw to home, giving Heath a 3-0 lead. The offense started rolling in the sixth, with an RBI doubles from Canaan Smith and Ryne Randle, a two-RBI single from Dylan Lewis, and a RBI triple from Williams.
Harvey said that he breaks the season into three phases: the early-season tournaments, district play, and the playoffs.
“Everything is designed to build to success in district play and then in the playoffs,” he said, adding that while his team still has room for improvement, this is as well as they’ve played all season.
Texas A&M pledge Tyler Ivey will start against Allen (26-13) on Friday.