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Strong defense backs Rockwall pitcher's complete game in 2-1 win over Plano
UNIVERSITY PARK — Rockwall got a complete game from senior right-hander Cason Adams in a 2-1 victory over Plano on Saturday in the decisive Game 3 of the Class 5A regional quarterfinal at Highland Park’s Scotland Yard. Plano forced a deciding game with a five-run rally in the bottom of the sixth to win Game 2, 5-1, earlier on Saturday.
Rockwall (31-7) advances to meet highly regarded Klein Collins in the Region II semifinals. Rockwall had reached its fourth regional quarterfinal in the last seven years but advances for the first time since reaching the 5A state final in 2005.
Rockwall’s Adams got strong defensive support from left fielder Cole Ballew, who made a shoestring catch in the third inning as Plano got two runners on base. In the fifth inning, a tag at the plate by catcher Garrett Moon on a throw from third baseman Brad Barnett thwarted a potential game-tying run.
“I was just thinking, ‘block the plate,’” Moon said. “I knew Brad would get me the throw. This team is the closest I’ve ever been on. We do everything together. We’ve been playing together since elementary school. We’re always thinking we’re going to win.”
Rockwall took its 2-0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI single by Carson Childers and a sacrifice fly following a Plano error and walk. Adams repeatedly worked out of jams. Typical was the bottom of the first when Plano had the bases loaded with two outs. On a 3-2 count, Adams threw a called third strike.
Plano (24-16) pulled the game to 2-1 in the fifth inning after a double by Ryan Thomas and a run scoring on a fielder’s choice. Plano’s chance for another run in the inning was stopped by Moon’s tag at home.
“We had opportunities [to win Game 3], but we always had two outs with runners on base,” Plano coach Rick Robertson said. “I believed in these guys so much. [Rockwall] had to catch the ball [for the final out] and take two steps before I really believed it was over.”