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April 26, 2014

CHS Softball: Tigers fall to Mansfield Legacy 8-6 in bi-district opener

MANSFIELD —     Corsicana’s Tigers had a chance, had the lead and had the momentum of Leeah Seth’s two-run homer.

    But in the end it wasn’t enough as Mansfield Legacy came back to beat the Tigers 8-6 Friday night in the opening game of their Class 4A bi-district three-game series that continues at 1:00 on Saturday in Corsicana. If a third game is needed it will be played after Game 2.

    The Tigers are hoping for a Game 3 after Friday’s tough loss.

    Corsicana trailed 1-0 after the first inning and 3-1 after three, but came back twice to forge  a 1-1 and a 3-3 tie before Seth hit her two run bomb in the top of the fifth that not only gave the Tigers a 5-3 lead but knocked out starter Ryan Wright.

    Legacy went to its ace, Kendall Potts, a Baylor signee who took over on the mound and at the plate. Potts held the Tigers to just one more run and struck out four over the final three innings (she entered with no outs in the fifth) to get the win. She also hit an RBI single in the fifth to help ignite Legacy’s four-run inning, which lifted the Broncos to a 7-5 lead, and Potts had a run-scoring double in the sixth that gave Legacy an 8-6 lead. She tripled in a run in the third and drove in three runs while scoring twice to lead the Broncos.

    Corsicana battled all night. The Tigers scratched home a run to knot things at 1-1 in the second when McKala Goodwin, who was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, moved to third on Carly Cates’ single ad scored when Ashley Spence’s singled on a 3-2 pitch to left.

    The Tigers came back to tie things at 3 with a two-run fourth inning as Cates and Spence each singled and then came home on Jourdan Bruce’s two-out single. Bruce made several key plays at second base, including a heads up double play in the fourth in which she tagged the runner and then threw to first to end the inning. Bruce accounted for nine of the first 12 outs, including five of the first six.

    She was a clutch hitter in the fourth when, with two outs, she fouled off several 3-2 pitches to stay alive before delivering the two-run single.

    It was 3-3 when Sidney Kirk led off the fifth with a hard single to left and Seth followed by belting a 3-2 pitch far over the left field wall. The Tigers final run came off Potts, who wasn’t to blame. Chelsea Vandiver, who started and gave up eight hits and seven runs over five innings while walking four, led off the sixth by striking out but the ball skipped past the catcher and Vandiver reached on a dropped third strike. She moved to second on a passed ball and to third on Bruce‘s grounder to second, and then scored on another passed ball to cut the lead to 7-6. But Legacy added an unearned run in the sixth after a two-base error put Reagan Wright at second, and Potts ripped a double.

    Bruce went 1 for 3 with two RBI’s and Seth was 1 for 4 with two RBI’s while Spence went 2 for 3 and drove in a run and scored a run.

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