Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

March 21, 2013

CHS Softball: Tigers to face tough district opponent in Nacogdoches

By Todd Wills
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — The Tigers softball team hasn’t been tested in two District 16-4A games.

Will it happen Friday night in the Piney Woods?

Corsicana has dismantled two district opponents headed into Friday night’s game at Nacogdoches, one of three 16-4A teams that have started district with 2-0 records (Whitehouse is the other).

The Tigers (14-9, 2-0) outscored 16-4A opponents Jacksonville and Tyler John Tyler 37-2 in the last week, making their statement as contenders for the district title.

Now comes Nacogdoches (14-7), which crushed Jacksonville 18-3 on Tuesday night. Lady Dragons sophomore pitcher Kylie Murdock is 14-5 with a 2.64 ERA. Senior Jessica Richardson has a .383 batting average and 25 RBIs.

“They have a good pitcher and they do good things with their  bats,” Tigers coach Elizabeth Collier said. “If we bring our A game, we’ll be just fine.”

The Tigers still find themselves in bit of an unknown situation when it comes to their district opponents. The last two years Collier knew Ennis and Forney were as good anyone on the state — the Lady Lions and Lady Jackrabbits played for the Region II-4A title last year.

Ennis at No. 6 and Forney at 20 are both ranked again in the Texas Girls Coaches Association Top 20. Waxahachie has been ranked this season.

No teams are ranked from 16-4A. So it’s more of a mystery for the Tigers, even though they’ve scouted most of their district opponents.

“I enjoy the fact that my team doesn’t know much about them,” Collier said. “It gives them the ability to relax and be themselves.”  

Collier just wants more of what she’s seen from the Tigers, the latest win a 23-1 thrashing of John Tyler. Corsicana pounded out 17 hits against the Lady Lions and four players had at least three RBIs.

The only real concern is the long trip east, and even Collier said she’s not worried about the 2 1/2-hour bus ride.

 “We usually travel well,” Collier said. “We have a routine. Not having the JV will be different, but that will allow us to have more room on the bus and relax even more.”