The Corsicana Tigers wrapped up district play with a dominating 9-0 win over the Jacksonville Indians behind Trevor Nolen, who shut out the Indians and allowed only one hit over 6 1/3 innings. Donovan Fields came on to retire the final two hitters. The Tiger pitchers limited the Indians to only 25 plate appearances in the game and no runner to reach third base.
The offense got rolling in the bottom of the first after Brady Harlan had a one out double. Joe Vasquez then drove Harlan in with a two out double to give the Tigers all the scoring they would need. The Tigers managed to score another run in the second inning as Layton Wolver drove in Hunter Hayes who had been hit by a pitch. The scoring continued throughout the game with the Tigers failed to score in only one inning.
In all, the Tigers pounded out 15 hits including five extra base hits. Seven of the nine hitters recorded hits for the Tigers including a multi-hit game for six of the Tigers.
The Tigers will be the third seed as they won a coin-flip earlier in the day with Whitehouse and will play Mansfield Summit in the playoffs next week. The format and schedule of that matchup has yet to be determined. The win pushes the season record to 19-8 overall and 6-4 in district.
Blooming Grove 3, Buffalo 1
Blooming Grove's Lions had to win Tuesday to have a chance to wrap up the final playoff spot in the District 23-2A race.
If there was pressure on the Lions, no one could tell.
It was the Lions and Dalton Blake who provided all the pressure in a 3-1 win over Buffalo that all but ended Mildred's chances of getting to the postseason.
Blake tossed a one-hitter and struck out 13 Bisons to nail down the win and put Blooming Grove in position to wrap up the fourth spot and a playoff berth with a win at Marlin on Friday.
Marlin is winless in the district, which should give the Lions even more confidence going into their season finale.
“I know anything can happen in a game but I definitely think we should win the game Friday,'' Blooming Grove Coach Matt Anderson said after Tuesday's win. He was especially proud of Blake and the way he pitched.
“He was pretty amped at the beginning of the game,'' Anderson said. “He didn't have his best stuff tonight, but he competed his butt off. He stayed ahead in the count, and found a away to get ahead and get outs. And we played great defense behind him.''
Blooming Grove and Mildred have been battling for the last spot in the playoffs.
The win Tuesday gives Blooming Grove a 5-6 record in the district race with one game left. Mildred finished its season Tuesday with a 12-2 loss to first-place Teague. The Eagles end the season with a 5-7 record in the district. If Marlin beats Blooming Grove on Friday the Lions and Eagles would both end with 5-7 records and have a one-game playoff for the final playoff berth. But if Blooming Grove beats Marlin the Lions are in the playoffs with a 6-6 district record.
That's why Tuesday game at Blooming Grove was huge. Buffalo had beaten Blooming Grove earlier.
“I thought we should have beaten them the first time, but I was real happy to get this win, extremely happy,'' Anderson said.
The Lions scored a run in the fifth when Brody Owens drove in Daniel Pelzel, who had walked and advanced to third on two passed balls, and they added two runs in the sixth. Dylan Nors brought in a run with a safety squeeze bunt.
Tyler Ellis went 2 for 3 and had a sacrifice bunt and Nors went 1 for 2 with an RBI bunt. Owens went 2 for 4 with an RBI.
“Now we're starting to click,'' Anderson said. “We're getting hot and we're finding ways to win.