ROWLETT - Rockwall's hopes of returning to the University Interscholastic League state baseball tournament were dashed Friday by Lake Ray Hubbard neighbor Rowlett, which swept the Jackets in a best-of-3 series for the Region II bi-district championship.
With two outs in the bottom of the seventh and the score knotted at 3-3 before a capacity home crowd, Rowlett shortstop Brandon Loy blasted a fastball into left field to score Jeremy Fitzgerald from third and send the Eagles to the area round of the Class 5A playoffs.
Rockwall (16-11) had gained the momentum and appeared to be heading towards overtime after University of Arkansas recruit Travis Moseley retired Rowlett 3-up, 3-down in the fifth and sixth innings.
The Jackets tied the score at 3-all in the sixth when Scooter Merritt pounded a 2-run double. Rockwall also got two doubles each from Northwestern signee Chad Noble and from left fielder Travis Lites.
Moseley went the distance on the mound in his final game for the Jackets despite playing with a severely sprained ankle.
His three wins in last season's playoff run were instrumental in leading Rockwall to the Class 5A state final.
Rowlett won the series opener 5-1 Thursday at Campbell Field behind a 3-hit pitching performance from Colin Loftin.
The Jackets took a 1-0 first-inning lead after Taylor Stetzer led off with a single, Lites followed with another and Colin Elmore singled to bring in Stetzer.
But, Rowlett stiffened after the first and held the Jackets scoreless for the last six innings.
The Eagles put up one run in the second, two in the third, one in the sixth and one in the top of the seventh.
Matt Lackie took the loss on the mound for Rockwall with six innings of work.
Rowlett (21-7-1) advances to the area round of post-season play where the Eagles will face Carrollton Newman Smith (22-6).
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