Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

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April 26, 2014

CHS Softball: Legacy ends Tigers' season with 6-1 win to take bi-district series 2-0

Corsicana — It took a minute but when the thoughts came they came all at once, a rush, a memory, a quick look back.

    That’s what Elizabeth Collier did Saturday afternoon moments after her Corsicana Tigers lost to Mansfield Legacy 6-1 in a game that ended the Tigers’ season.

    Legacy swept the best-of-three Class 4A bi-district series with a see-saw 8-6 win on Friday night in Mansfield and a 6-1 win Saturday afternoon in Corsicana.

    “It was a good season,’’ said Collier, whose team fought for a chance to win the District 16-4A title with a push in the second half of the season. The Tigers felt ready to make their mark in the playoffs and they made a statement Friday night when Leeah Seth’s two-run homer gave Corsicana a 5-3 lead in the fifth inning. The Broncos came back to win 8-6, and didn’t mess around in Game 2. They started their ace, Kendall Potts, a Baylor signee who throws in the 60s.

    Potts, who won Friday’s game in relief of Ryan Wright, who was knocked out of the game on Seth’s two-run shot, was as good as advertised. She went the distance and struck out 11 and gave up just three hits and one run, and was as strong in the sixth and seventh innings as she was in the first. Five of her final nine outs were strikeouts.

    She needed to be on because Corsicana was ready to take this game, and played well all afternoon from pitcher Sidney Kirk, who pitched well enough to win, to a lineup that challenged Potts all day and battled Legacy throughout the two-game series.

    “I feel like we showed fight and showed the heart we have,’’ Collier said. “We played them last year (in the bi-district round of the playoffs) and they beat us 9-1 and 6-3. I think they thought we would be easy and I think we scared them.

    “We learned Friday night that we could beat them, and I think if the right things had fallen in Saturday’s game would have been like the first game,’’ she said. “It was a hard fought two games.’’

    They were hard fought. The Tigers felt they were in Saturday’s game all day, just waiting for the right break to come to set off the offense. But Legacy made some big plays to take away hits and Potts made some big pitches to hold back the Tigers, who never caught a break.

    Kirk, who belted nine homers this season, hit the hardest ball of the game, a fly to deep left that might have been out if not for a blustering wind that blew straight in and over from left to right.  Instead it was just a long fly out.

    That’s the way Corsicana’s day went.

    The Tigers scored their only run in the fourth when Seth, who reached base three times by being hit with a pitch and walking twice, reached on a walk, and Katy Andrews ripped a run-scoring double.

    Ashley Spence and freshman Chelsea Vandiver had back-to-back singles to leadoff the third, but the Tigers just couldn’t get that big hit or the seeing-eye single that might have opened up the game.

    Corsicana finished district at 7-3 and went 14-19 for the season with most of the losses coming early in the season in tournaments. Once the district schedule rolled around the Tigers, who are very young and lose just two seniors,  just got better and better and played tough until the end.

    “Things just didn’t fall the way we wanted them to today,’’ Collier said.

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