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Rockwall-Heath's Jake Thompson dominant in win vs. Waxahachie
ROCKWALL — The diving stop was the exclamation point. It was the last bit of evidence Jake Thompson needed to showcase his impact on Rockwall-Heath’s 9-0 victory over Waxahachie in Game 1 of the Class 4A regional semifinals Thursday.
Thompson had already pitched six scoreless innings. He had already hit a home run.
And then in the seventh, playing at first base, he fully extended on a dive, stopping a ground ball and throwing the runner out in time.
“Defensively he’s always been a gold glove type of first baseman,” coach Greg Harvey said.
He’s been a little bit of everything for Rockwall-Heath. Thompson, a junior, has hit over .400 and has led the team, along with Jovan Hernandez, in home runs and RBIs.
On Thursday, he hit a three-run home run in the second inning. After the first inning, he didn’t allow a hit and went four straight innings without allowing a base runner.
“He’s really been hammering since the playoffs,” Harvey said.
The same can be said for Rockwall-Heath. The team is 7-1 in the postseason. It has outscored opponents, 90-10. And Thursday provided a near-perfect case study for why.
Thompson’s three-run homer was sandwiched between two big hits by Hernandez. Hernandez had a three-run home run in the first and then a two-out, two-run single in the fourth.
Thompson insists that Rockwall-Heath has been excelling at getting those timely hits this postseason, a skill that has served the team well.
“I feel like once we get that one big hit,” he said, “the rest will come.”