Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


February 18, 2013

CHS Baseball Preview: Tigers have to prove they deserve preseason ranking

Seniors and young players must blend together to win


Corsicana —

Corsicana Tigers

Heath Autrey

Years at school, record: 2, 26-10

2012 record: 26-10, 14-2 in 15-4A

Last playoff appearance: 2012, regional quarterfinalists

Key returnees: P/1B Holden Grounds, OF Brady Harlan, So., OF Zane Otten, Sr.; C Zach Rash, Sr.; 2B/OF Aaron Cantu, Sr.; 2B Reid Folmar, Sr.; DH Ben Goodrich, Sr.; SS Hunter Denbow, Sr.

Key losses: P/3B Hunter Melton, P/2B Heath Donica, 1B Jacob Peterson, P John Gage, C Karsen Minniear.

Analysis: The Tigers won two playoff series, including a dramatic area round matchup with Hallsville, before getting upset by rival Waxahachie ... Corsicana returns six starters, led by Grounds, who signed with Texas State ... Grounds was 9-2 with a 1.80 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 70 innings ... he also led the Tigers with 33 RBIs ... Harlan had a brilliant freshman year with 22 RBIs and six outfield assists ... Otten was a first-team all-district pick with a .287 batting average, 21 RBIs, 23 runs and he didn’t make an error in center field ... Rash batted .312 with 12 RBIs ... Cantu had six outfield assists ... Matt Burns was 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA, but just had Tommy John surgery last week.


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