The Tigers took care of business Friday night at Price Field.
They finished off a 9-1 district season, tying them with Whitehouse for the 16-4A title. The No. 6 Tigers also kept their momentum going as they head into the playoffs. Most of all, they were very business like in Friday's final regular season game.
Trevor Nolen allowed just two hits in a complete game and the Tigers executed once again on offense for a 7-1 victory over Jacksonville on Friday night.
Corsicana (25-5-1) will play Whitehouse at 1 p.m. Saturday at Rockwall-Heath in a game that will decide the No. 1 playoff seed in 16-4A.
The Tigers would like a repeat of Friday night's game. They took advantage of six walks with three of them scoring. They scored runs on wild pitches, a safety squeeze and a sacrifice fly. They also hit the ball to the opposite field as Jacksonville starter Ruston Diers tried to stay away from right-handed hitters.
The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Bobby Lopez started the inning with single to right field. He moved to second and third on wild pitches and scored when Jacksonville catcher Mason Smith's throw sailed into left field. Trevor Nolen later walked and scored on a single to right field by Ben Goodrich.
The Tigers scoed three more runs in third third inning. Holden Grounds started the inning with a double to right field and Hunter Denbow followed with an RBI double to right. Denbow then moved to third and scored on safety squeeze by Lopez. The Tigers made it 5-0 when Lopez scored on a balk.
Corsicana scored two more runs in the sixth inning. Aaron Cantu walked and moved up to third base on a throwing error and a wild pitch. Reid Folmar then walked on a full count and stole second base. Brady Harlan had a sacrifice fly and Grounds added an RBI single.
That was more than enough for Nolen, who didn't allow a hit until the third inning. He had eight strikeouts and walked only one, again dominating the strike zone.
"I feel like I can throw all of my pitches for strikes," Nolen said.
He took advantage of exceptional defense, including quality plays in the outfield by Zane Otten and Cantu and an exceptional running catch on a flare by Denbow.
On Friday night, it was more of the same for a Tigers team riding a seven-game winning streak.
Corsicana 7, Jacksonville 1
Jacksonville 000 000 1 -- 1 3 3
Corsicana 023 002 x -- 7 7 1
WP -- Trevor Nolen (5-0)
LP -- Ruston Diers
Top hitters -- Jacksonville: Brett Ecklee 1-3 (run, SB), Joshua Cube 1-3; Corsicana: Holden Grounds 2-2 (2B, run), Hunter Denbow 2-3 (2B, RBI, run), Zane Otten 1-4 (SB), Bobby Lopez 1-3 (2 runs, RBI, SB), Ben Goodrich 1-2 (RBI).
Records -- Corsicana 25-5-1, 9-1 in 16-4A.
Corsicana will play for No. 1 seed Saturday against Whitehouse
The Tigers took care of business Friday night at Price Field.
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.
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.''
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.
CHS Baseball/Softball: Whitehouse sweeps Tigers in baseball and softball
The Tigers lost a tough game to Whitehouse, 11-3 as the Wildcats' ace, Pat Mahomes, who went four innings and gave up all three runs on two hits and five walks
GC Basketball/Baseball: Mildred's Connor Hill sees life clearly
There was never any doubt for Connor Hill, never any question about what he would do or how he would do it.
Sure, there was that meeting with his mother and father and talks with the doctor when he was 10, talks and meetings that came accompanied with worry and concern.
But never from Connor.
He just never dwelled on the fact he played sports with one eye. He didn't worry or talk about it when he was 10 and he never talked about it at Mildred High, where Hill emerged as a star on the basketball court and baseball diamond.
GC Track & Field: Roundup — Frost girls win area meet
The Frost Lady Polar Bears made a shambles of their district track & field meet last week, scoring 206 points, and they were dominate again in the area meet Thursday, scoring 162 points to win the meet at Blooming Grove.
Morgan:The new endangered species
Am I just that old, or have amateur athletics gone absolutely nuts these days? On second thought, don’t answer that unless it’s yes to the nuts part.
High School and college basketball are on the verge of being totally ruined by AAU basketball. Top roundball prospects are identified by the junior high level if not earlier.
GC Track & Field: Area meet Roundup
Corsicana's Gilfillan wins 4A area pole vault title; Frost girls win 1A area team title, Frost boys finish second
GC Baseball: Mildred falls to Riesel, 9-0, on the road
Mildred managed a hit and struck out 12 times in a 9-0 loss on the road that could have given the Eagles some cushion in the 23-2A standings. They are now 5-6 with a game at league-leading Teague Tuesday.
CHS Soccer: Tigers boys and girls top off season with strong showing on All-District teams
That tough and gutsy style of play sent both the boys and girls teams into the playoffs and on Thursday the Tigers were rewarded again for their fine seasons as two boys won special honors,four boys were named to the All-District first team and two girls earned first-team honors.
Michael Roman, who did a little of everything — and did it well — was named the District 28-4A Utility Player of the Year, and sophomore defender Jesus Barreto was named the district's Newcomer of the Year.
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