Want to beat Corsicana’s young and hungry baseball team?
Well, you better be able to handle the bunt, the grit and the no-quit these kids take to the diamond every night.
Just ask Nacogdoches, which was 1-0 in District 16-4A and held a 3-0 lead on the Tiger cubs who didn't have a senior on the field Friday.
But these kids — these kids who are too young and too scrappy and just too tough to quit — were never fazed.
They simply drove the Dragons crazy on the bases and came back to win 7-3 at Price Field, where they improved to 2-0 in the district race. The Tigers (15-4) have now won seven of their last eight games.
This is one of the youngest teams anywhere (there are only three seniors on the roster), but they can give teams gray hair the way they bunt and run the bases, and just when you think you have them on the ropes, a guy like Trevor Nolen bounces back and slams the door.
That was Nolen on the mound Friday, finding a way to stop the damage and then do some damage himself.
He gave up three runs in a nightmare second inning in which he walked three and watched his teammates make two errors on one play. Only one of the runs was earned, but they all counted.
But Nolen and his Tigers counted most in the end.
“After the second inning I settled down,’’ said Nolen, who went 5 2/3 innings and gave up just three hits while striking out four to get the win and improve to 5-1. After the second inning, he retired 10 of the next 12 batters, and struck out four of six in the third and fourth innings. The one Dragon who hit him — Reed Watson, who doubled in the fourth — was erased when Nolen picked him off with a dazzling spin and throw to shortstop Layton Wolver, who nailed Watson with the tag.
If that wasn’t enough, Nolen went 3 for 3 at the plate to help ignite the comeback.
But what he did on the mound would have been plenty.
“He grinded that thing out,’’ Corsicana Coach Heath Autrey said of his sophomore pitcher who catches when he’s not on the mound. “He grinded out every pitch. He gave us a chance. He didn’t have his best stuff tonight, but he competed. That shows you what kind of competitor he is.’’
Nolen said his command was off early.
“I was missing my spots a little,” he said. “Some of it was nerves because it was the first district home game and some of it was trying to do too much, trying to be perfect. But I settled down (after the second inning).’’
He was a part of Corsicana’s comeback at the plate. He singled to left in the second and Preston Hill, who was pinch-running for Nolen, scored Corsicana’s first run of the game on a wild pitch. Then the Tigers erupted for four runs in the third.
Wolver walked and scored on Bobby Lopez’s long double to left that hit the base of the wall as the left fielder went for the ball. After a bunt and a throwing error brought home Lopez, Nolen had a bunt single and moved to second on another bad throw to first from pitcher Will Boozer. D.J. Minniear’s sacrifice fly to center made it 4-3 and another bunt and throwing error gave the Tigers a four-run inning and a 5-3 lead. They added a couple of unearned runs as they just kept bunting and putting the pressure on Nacogdoches.
“That’s what this team does,’’ Autrey said. “They’re scrappy and unrelenting .’’
Freshman Corbin Hall wrapped it up, tossing the final 1 1/3 innings. He gave up a double and struck out two, including Watson, who fouled off several pitches before going down looking at a pretty curveball that dropped into the strike zone.
“I knew my teammates had my back,’’ Nolen said. “It felt great when we got the lead. It’s a whole different world when you down 3-0 and then leading. We came back as a team. I just got the job done. That’s all that counts.’’
The Tigers (15-4) have now won seven of their last eight games and are 2-0 in District 16-4A play
Want to beat Corsicana’s young and hungry baseball team?
Tiger Sharks make splash at state meet
There are leaps and bounds, and then there's what the Corsicana YMCA Tiger Sharks did over the weekend at the Lone Star state swimming meet in Frisco.
Mildred's Shimonek transferring from Iowa, will walk on at Texas Tech
Former Mildred quarterback and Golden Circle Del Thrash Player of the Year Nic Shimonek is leaving the University of Iowa after one red-shirt year and transferring to Texas Tech because of Iowa's pro-style offense.
Morgan; Remembering House and a better era
The Cowboys started training camp the same week that Robert Newhouse died.
In a way, that’s very unfortunate for Jerry. Thinking back to the “Human Bowling Ball” and the teams of that era might lead to the inevitable comparisons to today’s product on the field.
GC Football: Blooming Grove's Williams expects to win
His father was a head coach for years at Pecos High and his brother-in-law is the head football coach at DeSoto, but Lawrence Williams Jr., a man who loves coaching football, never had any ideas about being the head man.
“I love coaching,'' said Williams as he sat at his desk in Blooming Grove, where he became the Lions' head coach this summer. “I just never thought about being the head coach and I never applied to be a head coach. With this job I can still coach.''
Outdoors: Kevin Reese: Summer time means summer tracking
With only two months before opening day of archery season you should already have your bow maintenance complete, be shooting daily and chomping at the bit for our favorite day to arrive!
Let’s face it, few animals turn our rotors like whitetail deer.
All-State Baseball: Corsicana's Harlan and Wolver honored on TSWA/Collin Street Bakery 4A All-State Baseball team
Corsicana junior Brady Harlan and sophomore Layton Wolver were honored on the Texas Sports Writers Association/Collin Street Bakery Class 4A All-State Baseball team that was announced Tuesday night.
Gymnastics: Kaylana Dickson celebrates national title with fans and her uncle David Hawthorne
Kaylana Dickson got the name Bebop on her way to winning a national title in gymnastics this summer, and boy did it catch fire.
Kaylana, a Corsicana native, picked up fans from all over the country and many bought Bebop T-shirts to help pay her expenses to Spokane, Wa., where she won the 8-and-under title in the double-mini trampoline event and finished third in floor exercise.
More than 100 of her friends, family members and fans showed up at the Corsicana YMCA on Saturday to celebrate the national title and be on hand for a drawing for an autographed New Orleans Saints football jersey from David Hawthorne, a star defensive lineman for the Saints and Kaylana's uncle
All-State Baseball: TSWA/Collin Street Bakery All-State 3A baseball team is announced
The Texas Sports Writers Association/Collin Street Bakery Class 3A All-State Baseball Team was announced Tuesday.
UIL Football: State championships to be held at AT&T Stadium
The 2014 University Interscholastic League Football State Championship games will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington the League announced Tuesday.
All-State Baseball: Sunnyvale's Wilcox tops TSWA/Collin Street Bakery Class 2A team
Sunnyvale's Jake Wilcox is player of the year on the Texas Sports Writers Association/Collin Street Bakery Class 2A All-State Baseball Team
- More Sports Headlines
- Tiger Sharks make splash at state meet