By DAVID McNABB Special Contributor
Published: 08 April 2014 10:42 PM
Sports Day HS, Dallas Morning News
PLANO — Plano senior pitcher Kenneth Tabor took advantage of an early led and shut down a tough Allen lineup for a 2-0 victory to extend Plano’s lead in District 10-5A.
Ranked No. 6 in the SportsDay 5A poll, Plano (18-8-1, 8-1) has a rather remarkable three-game lead over second-place Allen (18-9, 5-4). Both reached the state quarterfinals last season. Tabor prevailed over Allen lefty Troy Chezem in a 1-0 showdown last year to give Plano a share of the district title.
In his last 15 innings against Allen, Tabor hasn’t allowed a run. He rolled through the first five innings against No. 8-ranked Allen after getting a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
“Getting some runs against them makes you feel good,” Tabor said. “They are solid, one through nine. You throw strikes and you know they are going to hit some hard, but we have faith in our defense. They way we are playing right now, unless something catastrophic happens, we feel pretty good.”
Tabor picked two runners off first base, and Plano catcher Michael Davis threw out another runner trying to steal. Nearing 90 pitches in the sixth inning, Tabor got out of two-on, one-out jam by coaxing a couple of fly outs by Allen’s No. 1 and 2 hitters. In the seventh inning, Tabor gave up a hard-hit triple to center by Cole Carter but got the final out with a called third strike on his seventh strikeout.
Plano had taken a quick lead with leadoff hitter Cody Farhat leading off the bottom of the first with a single. A Texas Tech commit as a junior, Farhat stole second for his 21st steal of the season and scored when Plano executed a double-steal and took advantage of an Allen throwing error.
“He comes out revved up every day,” Plano coach Rick Roberston said. “He keeps it up the entire game. He’s a catalyst for us.”
Plano added its second run on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Mitchell Hansen, a Stanford commit as a junior. Hansen also helped with a strong defensive play at first in the seventh.
After Carter rapped a two-out triple, Tabor ended it with a strikeout on a slow curve.