High school baseball came to an early close in Rockwall County as both Rockwall-Heath and Rockwall lost decisive third games in their best-of-three, bi-district round series against Montgomery County opponents.
Heath (29-8-1), top-seeded in District 11-6A and the No. 6-ranked 6A team in Texas, came up short on offense in a 4-1 loss to College Park (17-17-1) at Hudson High in Lufkin. The big hit in the game was a two-run home run by Cavaliers catcher Josh Trahan.
Trahan's brother Luke was the winning pitcher with relief help from Noah Serafin.
Heath's run was unearned. The Hawks' only late-game threat came in the sixth, but Serafin escaped unharmed after walking Landon Anderson and Miller Ladusau to start the inning.
Rockwall (27-9-2) fell behind the Woodlands, 9-2, after six innings at Tillery Field in Mesquite, and a six-run rally in the seventh wasn't quite enough.
The Yellowjackets were held at bay over the first five innings by winning pitcher Will Swope, who also drove in two runs. Highlanders catcher Drew Romo had three hits and three RBI.
Justin Childers, one of numerous seniors playing their final game for RHS, led Rockwall's offense with two RBI.
SOFTBALL: The Woodlands will be Rockwall's opponent in the upcoming Region 2 quarterfinals. On Saturday in Madisonville, the Highlanders won a one-game, area round match with Richardson Pearce, 12-0.
The series will begin Thursday at 7 p.m. at The Woodlands. It returns to Rockwall on Saturday at noon for Game 2 with Game 3 (if needed) following immediately after Game 2.