Wild finishes, and a double coin flip were only part of the fun at Mildred, where they held the district tournaments for the 14-and-under basball teams and the 8-and-under machine pitch teams on Wednesday.
Corsicana’s 14-and-under Bulldogs had to win the game and then win a coin flip against Mildred’s Eagles to not only force a winner-take-all championship, but to give the Corsicana kids, who played three games on Wednesday, a rest and put the game on Thursday night.
The Bulldogs got a six-run third inning and then hung on to beat Mildred, 12-8, to stay alive and force a title game showdown in the district tournament at Mildred High School.
Corsicana, which was coming out of the loser’s bracket, would have been eliminated with a loss.
The big question was when the title game would be played. Mildred wanted to take a break and play the game on Wednesday. Corsicana wanted to play on Thursday.Two coin flps later, and the game was scheduled for Thursday night.
It was wild, wonderful and in the end the result just meant one thing: The two teams had to do it all over again.
That’s the best way to describe what happened in Mildred when the Blooming Grove Lions came up just short, 21-19, against the Canton Rangers in an 8-and-under machine pitch game that forced a title gameon Thursday.
The Lions picked up two quick runs in the first when Kelton Bell singled, Camden Gorbet doubled Bell home and Brayden Harwell had an RBI single.
The Lions took an 8-6 lead with a six-run third inning that was highlighted by RBI singles from Adrian Batson, Gabriel Watkins and Elijah Rios and a sacrifice fly to third by Bell. Harwell belted a two-run homer to lift the Lions to an 8-6 lead.
Harwell finished the game, going 3-for-4 with five RBI’s.
Blooming Grove took a 13-9 lead in the fourth. Brody Boyd crushed a double to the center field wall and Batson slammed an RBI double to the left field wall.
They were just getting started.
Watkins and Rios followed with singles to make it a 10-9 game, and Bell ripped a three-run homer to give the Lions a 13-9 lead. The top of the order — Watkins (4-for-5 with three RBIs) and Rios (3-for-5 with three RBIs) — combined to go 7-for-10.
Canton took the lead for good in the fifth with a seven-run inning
The Lions bounced back. Batson singled, Watkins doubled, Rios drove in another run, and Harwell had a two-run double to close to 19-16.
Watkins made the play of the night with a leaping catch at second in the sixth.
Down, 21-16, the Lions mounted one final comeback.
Timmy Hamilton led off with a single and with two outs, Batson, who went 4-for-4, belted his second double of the game.
Watkins and Rios came through again with back-to-back RBI singles to close the gap to 21-18, and Bell, who had a single, a double, a homer and sacrifice fly, delivered an RBI double to make it 21-19.
But Canton held on with another big defensive play at short on a hard hit ball.