By Todd Wills
Special to the Daily Sun
The Tigers had a good news, bad news fifth inning in a 6-3 loss Tuesday night in Lindale in a game that matched 2-0 teams in District 16-4A.
The good part was the comeback – Corsicana scored two runs in the top of the fifth, a rally that included a two-out game-tying single by Bobby Lopez, who had ignited the Tigers’ turnaround from a 3-0 deficit with a towering home run an inning earlier.
The bad part was the way it unraveled on the Tigers in the bottom of the inning. A one-out walk. An error that allowed the go-ahead run to score for Lindale. And a big insurance run for the Eagles on Bryce Duepree’s single up the middle for a 5-3 Lindale lead.
The Tigers (15-5, 2-1) didn’t respond at the plate in the final two innings, as Lindale left-hander Sam Sitton, who dominated them early, retired the final six batters he faced, four of them on strikeouts (three looking).
Corsicana fell behind 3-0 in the early innings as Lindale scored once in the bottom of the first and two more times in the home half of the second. Most of it was Tigers starter Preston Hill pitching in bad luck. Trailing 1-0 in the second, Hill watched as Lindale loaded the bases with two singles in front of home plate that travelled about 10 feet.
The Eagles added to their lead as Ryan Dudley had one of his two sacrifice flies in the game – this one to right field – and an RBI single to left field by Sitton.
Lopez changed the momentum in the top of the fourth, crushing a home run into the trees in left field to cut the lead to 3-1.
The Tigers tied the game in the top of the fifth when Carlos Vega singled to left and Jackson Kennemore had a two-strike sacrifice bunt. Layton Wolver then reached on an infield single and when the throw hit him in the back, Vega came around to score. Lopez later had his game-tying single to left field.
Corbin Hall did a terrific job in relief of Hill, retiring seven of the first nine batters he faced before running into trouble in the bottom of the fifth.