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.
GC Softball: Playoff Time
There were some bumps on the road and slides in the standings and a few bruises along the way, but five Golden Circle teams have reached the softball playoffs that begin with first round games on Thursday.
For Corsicana it was a wakeup call during the second half of district play that gave the Tigers the push they needed, and for Mildred it was the culmination of yet another splendid season as the Lady Eagles made the playoffs for the fifth straight season. Blooming Grove is back again, a regular in post season play with a chance to make a run, and Hubbard begins its quest to get to the state tournament and Austin with a one-game playoff on Thursday against Itasca in Italy.
Navarro Softball: Bulldogs split with Kilgore, win final home game
Kristen Ahearn was mad, steaming.
Even her peanut butter and jelly sandwich that she ate between the doubleheader games didn't taste good. Nothing fit. Nothing was in sync. Nothing felt right or even tasted right.
Then Ahearn found the cure.
Simple enough: Just go out and blast a three-run homer.
That's the short version of what happened Tuesday at Navarro College, where Ahearn's three-run bomb ignited the Bulldogs in the second game against Kilgore and Navarro went on to win 8-5 to close out its regular season with a bang and a smile from Ahearn.
GC Baseball: Kerens beats Cayuga 5-1, wins first district title since 1981
The wait is over.
And it came just in time for Brett Anderson, who left it all on the mound Tuesday night at Kerens, where he pitched a masterpiece to lead the Bobcats over Cayuga, 5-1, and help the program win its first baseball district title since 1981.
“I've got no gas left. I'm out,'' said Anderson, a senior lefty who stopped Cayuga cold, holding the three-time defending district champs to just three singles while striking out 14.
GC Basebal Roundup: Corsicana blasts Jacksonville; BG wins huge district game
The Corsicana Tigers wrapped up district play with a dominating 9-0 win over the Jacksonville Indians behind Trevor Nolen, who shut out the Indians and allowed only one hit over 6 1/3 innings. Donovan Fields came on to retire the final two hitters. The Tiger pitchers limited the Indians to only 25 plate appearances in the game and no runner to reach third base.
Rodeo: Navarro County Derrick Days -- Burton is back
Professional rodeo entertainer Ronald Burton returns to the Navarro County Exposition Center April 25-26 to entertain the crowd at the 2014 Navarro County Derrick Days Pro Rodeo.
Huggins to call shots at Derrick Days Rodeo
West Huggins will serve as the announcer for the 2014 Navarro County Derrick Days Pro rodeo. The Gardendale native is the reigning three-time United Professional Rodeo Association Announcer of the Year.
Dill gets 300th win in Navarro baseball sweep of Bossier Parish
Navarro baseball’s weekend in Louisiana was significant on a number of fronts. On one hand, coach Whoa Dill notched his 300th win. On the other, and perhaps more importantly, the Bulldogs simply continued to play well. The Bulldogs swept Bossier Parish to move 14-11 in Region XIV East Zone play, and 27-17 overall.
Mildred sending five to regional track meet
Sasha Ballard set a school record in the 800 meters and paced a contingent of five Mildred thinclads heading to Stephenville for the regionals later this week.
Kerens boys grab four gold medals at area track meet
Tavion Hall and Jalon Moss each snared a pair of gold medals as Kerens boys finished second at their area track meet last week with 88 points.
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.
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