Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


April 24, 2013

CHS Softball: Tigers ready for playoffs

Corsicana — After a one-season absence, the Corsicana Tigers softball team is back in the postseason.

They open Friday's best-of-three Region II-4A bi-district playoff series against Mansfield Legacy with veteran players at important positions who were a part of the Tigers 2011 postseason run.

The one that included an epic 16-inning area-round playoff game against Royse City.

"We're excited to be back in there," Tigers coach Elizabeth Collier said. "Off my team, we have five who where from that playoff team. So we have some new ones too."

The Tigers' top two pitchers, Sidney Kirk and Raylee Smithart, were on the 2011 playoff team that lost to Royse City 1-0 in a Game 1 of the series that went four hours and 53 minutes. The Tigers also lost 5-0 in Game 2. The Tigers' defense made four errors behind Sidney Kirk in that second game.

"Sidney pitched very well in that game," Collier said.

The Tigers (19-13) and Mansfield Legacy (24-7-1) will open their three-game series at 7 p.m. Friday in Mansfield. Game 2 will be at noon Saturday in Corsicana. Game 3 if necessary would be 30 minutes after Game 2, also in Corsicana.

Legacy finished in second place in a competitive District 15-4A race. They have two solid pitchers, Ryan Wright, who is 6-1 with a 3.62 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 52 2/3 innings, and Courtney Hart, who is 8-1 with a 4.05 ERA. Legacy's top hitter is infielder Briana Walker, who has a .609 batting average, 23 RBIs and 24 stolen bases.

Wright has been injured some this season, but the Tigers expect to see her best, Collier said.

"We've been working on attacking what we know she is going to bring," Collier said.

Aside from Smithart and Kirk, three other players played on the 2011 Tigers playoff team -- Katy Polk, Kelsie Triplett and Maddie Andrews. Polk and Triplett started in the outfield. Kirk played second base. Smithart was the designated hitter (player). Andrews was a courtesy runner.

Smithart and Kirk have blossomed into the Tigers' top hitters. Andrews, who skipped a year of softball, also ignites the offense.

"Smithart and Kirk, they bring it every time they step up to the plate," Collier said. "Maddie does a great job of putting the ball in play. She gives us a lot of opportunities to score."

The Tigers, who finished in third place in 16-4A, battled consistency all season. They played well in the last week of the regular season, beating Lindale and losing to Whitehouse in a game in which the Tigers rallied from behind to get a lead before losing.

"We can go up and we can down," Collier said. "At the end of it, we do have the fight. We showed it in the Whitehouse game. We came from behind and went ahead. They showed themselves that they do have it."

Region II-4A Bi-District Playoff

Best-of-three series

Game 1: 7 p.m. Friday, Mansfield Legacy

Game 2: Noon, Saturday, Corsicana

Game 3: If Needed, Corsicana, 30 minutes after conclusion of Game 2

Records: Legacy 24-7-1, Corsicana 19-13

Players to Watch: Legacy: Pitcher Ryan Wright, pitcher Courtney Hart, INF Briana Walker; Corsicana: Pitcher/3B Sidney Kirk, Pitcher/3B Raylee Smithart, 1B Maddie Andrew, OF Katy Polk, OF Kelsie Triplett.

Text Only
  • KerensBBAnderson.jpg GC Baseball: Kerens beats Cayuga 5-1, wins first district title since 1981

    The wait is over.
    And it came just in time for Brett Anderson, who left it all on the mound Tuesday night at Kerens, where he pitched a masterpiece to lead the Bobcats over Cayuga, 5-1, and help the program win its first baseball district title since 1981.
    “I've got no gas left. I'm out,'' said Anderson, a senior lefty who stopped Cayuga cold, holding the three-time defending district champs to just three singles while striking out 14.

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • GC Basebal Roundup: Corsicana blasts Jacksonville; BG wins huge district game

    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.

    April 22, 2014

  • 4-23-14 Rodeo clown.jpg Rodeo: Navarro County Derrick Days -- Burton is back

    He's back.
    Professional rodeo entertainer Ronald Burton returns to the Navarro County Exposition Center  April 25-26 to entertain the crowd at the 2014 Navarro County Derrick Days Pro Rodeo.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Huggins rodeo Huggins to call shots at Derrick Days Rodeo

    West Huggins will serve as the announcer for the 2014 Navarro County Derrick Days Pro rodeo. The Gardendale native is the reigning three-time United Professional Rodeo Association Announcer of the Year.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • NC baseball Whoa 300th Dill gets 300th win in Navarro baseball sweep of Bossier Parish

    Navarro baseball’s weekend in Louisiana was significant on a number of fronts. On one hand, coach Whoa Dill notched his 300th win. On the other, and perhaps more importantly, the Bulldogs simply continued to play well. The Bulldogs swept Bossier Parish to move 14-11 in Region XIV East Zone play, and 27-17 overall.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mildred sending five to regional track meet

    Sasha Ballard set a school record in the 800 meters and paced a contingent of five Mildred thinclads heading to Stephenville for the regionals later this week.

    April 21, 2014

  • Kerens boys grab four gold medals at area track meet

    Tavion Hall and Jalon Moss each snared a pair of gold medals as Kerens boys finished second at their area track meet last week with 88 points.

    April 21, 2014

  • Area schedule for the week

    Here's a look at this week's schedule for Golden Ciircle teams and Navarro College. The schedule does not include upcoming bi-district playoff games in softball because times and sites have yet to be determined.

    April 18, 2014

  • BG baseball GC Baseball/Softball: Blooming Grove sweeps Rice in baseball and softball

    Blooming Grove's Lions needed this one.
    Heck, they need all of them.
    That's where they're living today on the Blooming Grove diamond, where everyone knew going into Friday's game with Rice that the Lions need to win their final three games to have a chance of nailing down the final playoff spot in District 23-2A.
    One down, two to go.
    “It's in our hands,'' said Blooming Grove Coach Matt Anderson moments after his kids beat Rice 8-0 Friday night. “As long as we take care of our business we'll be fine.''

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • GC Softball/Baseball Roundup: Frost girls win district title

    Frost's Lady Polar Bears needed to win to nail down the district title and they never trailed, jumping out to a 7-0 lead en route to an 11-7 clinching victory over Itasca Friday on the road. They wrapped up their second district title in a row with a 9-1 record and enter the playoffs next week at 13-1.

    April 18, 2014

House Ads
AP Video
U.S. Paratroopers in Poland, Amid Ukraine Crisis US Reviews Clemency for Certain Inmates Raw: Violence Erupts in Rio Near Olympic Venue Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' Obama to Oso: We'll Be Here As Long As It Takes Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers
Twitter Updates