By Mike Phillips
Corsicana Daily Sun
Corsicana's baseball team stole five bases, was hit three times by pitches, had a bunt single and a three run homer and also scored on a wild pitch Tuesday night at Price Field.
And that was just in the first inning.
It was that kind of night for the Tigers, who saluted and even embraced their seniors on Senior Night at Price, where they had no trouble at all beating John Tyler 14-0 in five innings.
It was over before you could say Donavan Fields.
The kids from Tyler won't forget the way Fields treated them.
He simply took their bats away in a memorable performance on the mound, where he was perfect for 2 2/3 innings of work, retiring all eight batters he faced. No one came close to getting a hit or even getting on base as Fields threw strike after strike and and struck out five of the eight he faced.
Corsicana Coach Heath Autry took Fields out of the game with two outs in the third.
Autry embraced his senior pitcher o the mound in an emotional moment.
“I took him out so he could get an ovation form the crowd,'' Autry said. “I am really proud of him. He gave us a quality start. He kept the ball down and he kept them off balance and threw strikes. He pounded the strike zone.
“He has gone through a lot and I was really proud of him tonight, the way he pitched. He's a kid who has battled. For him to get a win in his final start at home in front of his family as a senior meant a lot. That's why I pulled him with two outs so he could get the crowd reaction.''
There was a loud and serious ovation for Fields, who played baseball as a freshman and sophomore and sat out his junior year. He rejoined the team this season, and is part of Corsicana's remarkable year on the diamond.
The Tigers didn't need a blowout, but they did need the win. They started he night in a three-way tie for first in the District 16-4A race with Nacogdoches and Lindale. All three teams were 4-1 before Tuesday's games.
The Tigers (5-1 and 18-5 for the season) got the easy win Tuesday, but nothing is easy from here on out .
“We are about to run the gauntlet the next three games,'' said Autry, whose team has to go to Nacogdoches on Friday and then play at home next Tuesday against Lindale, the only team to beat the Tigers in district, before facing Whitehouse, which was ranked No. 2 in the state when the season started, on the road.
“It's all about the next 11 or 12 days,'' Autry said. “We are playing for a district championship. This is why we work so hard/ This is why we lift weights and practice for. Every game is huge.''
They had a breather Tuesday, scoring six in the first, six more in the second and two in the third. Autry played everyone and used four pitchers — Fields, Stuart Allen, Josiah Clagett and Preston Hill, who combined for a no-hitter Only three Lions reached base.
Tyler's L.D. Johnson almost had a single in the third off Allen but Right fielder Brady Harlan charged the ball and threw out Johnson at first.
DJ Minniear hit a three-run homer in the first, his second bomb of the season, and went 2 for 3 with and drove in four runs. Joe Vasquez and Trevor Nolen each had triples, and Vasquez scored three times, Nolen went 2 for 2 and scored once. Harlan went 2 for 3, scored twice and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Bobby Lopez went 2 for 4 with a double. He scored twice and drove in a run.
“We hit the ball,'' said Autry, who watched his team pound out a dozen hits. “And we hit some balls hard. It was just one of those games that you do your job and come out of it looking for the next game. It all boils down to what we do in the next 11-12 days.''