Jovan Hernadez’s ascent up the pitcher’s mound Friday clearly represented what Rockwall-Heath’s baseball team had worked for the last four years to achieve.
“It was like reaching the summit of a mountain,” Heath coach Greg Harvey said. “We were finally where we’ve been working to go.”
Hernandez’s complete-game, four-hit effort was more than enough to secure Rockwall-Heath’s first baseball state championship Friday at Round Rock’s Dell Diamond. Heath routed North Texas neighbor, Cleburne, 10-1 in the final 4A game of the season.
The win brought back a 4A title to the Metroplex for the first time since 2002.
Hernandez also had a team-high three RBIs on two hits, including a home run, in addition to his stellar pitching effort.
“Jovan went out and threw just an absolute amazing game. He did exactly what we needed him to do. He really just controlled the game from the mound.”
Hernandez’s third-inning homer brought in two RBIs, scoring Clayton Rasbeary after his inning-opening double.
Heath first baseman Timbo Duncan lead his team in hits, going three-for-three with two RBIs.
“We just pounded the ball all night long and all the way up and down the lineup, we had some big hits,” Harvey said.
Heath finished its state championship season 36-9. Rockwall’s annual Fourth of July parade will feature the newly-crowned state champions.
Arlington Martin falls to Houston Cypress Ranch, 6-0
The 5A state title will remain in southern Texas after Arlington Martin was blanked by Houston Cypress Ranch at Dell Diamond on Friday.
Cy Ranch starter Grant Slaughter went the distance, throwing a three-hit, eight-strikeout gem.
Cy Ranch second baseman Bryce Stark drove in a team-high two RBIs with one hit.
Cy Ranch will face College Station A&M Consolidated on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. for the 5A state title.