Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

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July 22, 2006

TEXAS TEEN-AGE BASEBALL (TTAB) STATE TOURNAMENTS PREVIEW

The Corsicana Braves, Corsicana Cardinals, Mildred Mudcats, Dawson Bulldogs and Corsicana Indians set their sights on state championships next week

Daily Sun

The Golden Circle is no stranger to Texas Teen-Age Baseball state champions.

Area teams wasted no time in the new millennium as the Mildred Brewers won back-to-back Senior Midget crowns in 2000 and 2001 and the Corsicana Giants also claimed Senior Midget supremacy in 2002.

The Dawson Bulldogs were the best T-Ball team in Texas in 2001, while the Corsicana Yankees and Corsicana Cubs claimed T-Ball and Senior Midget state championships, respectively, in 2005.

The Golden Circle could be home to five more of the state’s best — the Corsicana Braves, Corsicana Cardinals, Mildred Mudcats, Dawson Bulldogs and Corsicana Indians — with impressive representation in every level area teams could possibly be in at next week’s state tournaments.

Corsicana Braves, T-Ball

Three times was a charm for the Corsicana Braves.

The Braves (18-0) needed three chances to bring home a district crown. Next week Corsicana aims for loftier goals when the TTAB T-Ball State Tournament kicks off Monday in West.

The team conducted a serious practice Tuesday, Braves head coach Stan Farmer Jr. said, and a more fun workout on Wednesday.

“We’re ready,” Farmer said. “They were talking about winning state (Wednesday). They understand it now after winning district.”

Dominating district might have been a more accurate description. Corsicana outscored its opponents, 88-34, last week in Blooming Grove and did not have to play a full game in three chances.

“We have some tough ball ahead,” Farmer said. “If we play like we did in district, we will be a hard team to beat. It will take a heck of a team to beat us. The teams we beat in district were good teams.”

Tourney host West Parkway completes the 10-team field at state along with Corsicana and the Malakoff Longhorns, Troup Rattlers, Hillsboro Raptors, Palmer Rangers, Redwater Chicken Littles, Riesel J&S;, China Spring Astros and Salado Red Hawks.

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