10-5A baseball roundup: Tabor, Wildcats overcome Chezem, Eagles in pitcher’s duel

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If someone with a touch of clairvoyance had informed the Allen baseball team before Tuesday night it would allow just two runs to the top offense in District 10-5A, one might have liked the Eagles’ chances.

Plano Senior senior Kenneth Tabor certainly didn’t, if the hurler’s 2-0 shutout win over Allen was any indication.

Tabor logged all seven innings, striking out seven and allowing five hits in Plano’s (8-1) fourth shutout victory in nine district contests.

The Eagles (5-4) enjoyed their own reliable effort on the bump, as senior Troy Chezem submitted a six-inning, six-hit, three-strikeout showing for Allen. Like Tabor, Chezem also didn’t allow an earned run, but was saddled with the loss after a pair of first-inning Eagle errors led to Plano’s only runs of the contest.

Miscues allowed Plano junior Cody Farhat and senior Ryan Robertson to cross home, while junior Mitchell Hansen logged the game’s only RBI.

The two will reconvene at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Allen.

Plano East defeats Plano West, 7-6

The Panthers (5-4) broke a 6-6 tie in the seventh inning, as senior Ryan Rettke scored following a throwing error by West sophomore Tyler Campbell for the winning run.

The ending was symbolic of an error-laden night by both teams, with leads fluctuating all throughout the game.

East’s evening was highlighted by grand slam from senior Keith Long to pace a five-run burst in the third inning for a 6-3 lead. Led by three RBIs from junior Eungjae Kim, the Wolves battled back to force a 6-6 tie in the top of the seventh before East broke the gridlock a half-inning later.

The Wolves welcome the Panthers at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

McKinney Boyd defeats McKinney, 6-2

The Lions (0-9) remained in the 10-5A cellar, while the Broncos (5-4) won their second straight game, thanks a pair of three-run spurts in the first and third innings.

Senior Francisco DeJesus had a hand in four of those runs, scoring two and knocking in two during a 1-of-3 night from the plate.

Senior Zach Rubel overcame home runs allowed to McKinney senior Joe Baker and junior Brian Cooper to allow just three hits while striking out nine over seven innings.

The two rematch at Boyd at 7:30 p.m. Friday.