Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


May 10, 2014

Hallsville hangs on to beat Corsicana 8-4 in Region II 4A Area Round opener


 One thing is for sure when the Tigers and Hallsville hook up in a playoff series. Game 1 is destined to finish after the midnight hour.
It’s also going to be entertaining.
The Tigers and Bobcats provided that once again on Friday night/Saturday morning in Lindale, a game Hallsville ultimately held on to win 8-4 over Corsicana to open up the best-of-three Region II-4A Area Round playoff game.
The teams, who met two years ago in a thrilling series won by the Tigers, will play Game 2 at noon Saturday in Mineola. Game 3 would follow if necessary. The Tigers (21-9) will have to force that Game 3 against Hallsville (28-3) with Trevor Nolen facing Connor Reich in a battle of aces.
For a moment in Game 1, it looked like the Tigers were going to steal a huge win, just like they did in 2012 in Whitehouse when the Tigers won 7-2 in a game that ended close to 2 a.m.
Trailing 3-1 after Hallsville scored three runs in the top of the third, the Tigers responded to take a 4-3 lead. Rhett Holcomb led off the bottom of the inning with a walk. Layton Wolver singled to move Holcomb to third, stole second and Brady Harlan walked to load the bases.
Bobby Lopez was then hit by a pitch to cut the lead to 3-2. Joe Vasquez then had a sacrifice fly to deep center field to tie the score at 3-3. The Tigers took the lead on D.J. Minniear’s squeeze bunt for a 4-3 lead.
The Tigers couldn’t hold that lead. Hallsville scored three runs off Harlan in the top of the fifth. Logan Bailey and Colton Oberthier had RBI singles to give the Bobcats the lead. Hallsville scored seven of its eight runs with two outs.
Preston Hill started for the Tigers, allowing three runs in three-plus innings. Corsicana took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Minniear scored on a Hallsville error.  

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