By Matt Wixon
Three weeks ago, Plano lost to McKinney Boyd, 5-3, in a matchup of teams that were unbeaten in District 10-5A. After I watched the game, I was asked what I thought about Plano.
The Wildcats are a good team, I said. But their defense let them down a little against Boyd and they couldn’t get a big hit when they needed it. Boyd looked more like a team that could win a district title.
But today, Plano is running away with it.
The Wildcats beat Allen Tuesday night, 2-0, to take a three-game lead in 10-5A. That’s a huge margin after nine games, due in part to 10-5A being so wide in the middle.
Plano is 8-1, followed by three 5-4 teams: Allen, Boyd and Plano East. Plano West (4-5) is also in playoff contention.
Plano is now a lock for the playoffs, and the way the Wildcats are playing, they’ll be tough to knock out. In six straight wins since the Boyd loss, Plano has outscored opponents 35-5.
Cody Farhat is an effective leadoff hitter, and the lineup has good pop with Ryan Robertson, Mitchell Hansen and A.J. Liu. Hansen, Jake Fraze and Kenneth Tabor have ERAs under 1.50.
“The way we are playing right now,” winning pitcher Tabor said Tuesday, “unless something catastrophic happens, we feel pretty good.”