Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

Sports

March 27, 2013

CHS Baseball: Tigers face Whitehouse in a fight for first place in District 16-4A

Corsicana — The much-anticipated first game between the Tigers and Whitehouse will come with a slight surprise Thursday night — Wildcats standout pitcher Patrick Mahomes will not be on the mound.

So the marquee pitching matchup of Tigers ace Holden Grounds vs. Mahomes will have to wait until April 19 when the teams play at Price Field, if it happens then.

For now, we’ll just have to go with two of the state’s top 4A teams, Corsicana and Whitehouse, in a fight for first place in District 16-4A at 7 p.m. Thursday night (KAND-AM 1340).

And also know that Whitehouse is likely throwing the pitcher that many rival coaches believe is its best — 6-2 junior right-hander Ryan Cheatham.

“This is why we do everything we do for games like this,” Tigers coach Heath Autrey said. “It’s not a must win. It’s a test. It’s a test of where we are mentally and competing-wise.”

Both teams are 3-0 in district and two games ahead of the third-place teams. As expected, the Tigers and Wildcats  have already separated themselves from the rest of 16-4A.

Whitehouse needed eight innings to beat Nacogdoches on Tuesday night, winning 4-3 behind 11 strikeouts from Mahomes.

The Tigers can relate to having to go extra innings with the Dragons — Corsicana won at Nacogdoches 1-0 in eight innings on Friday behind 15 strikeouts from Grounds.

Just another example of how on paper, this Corsicana-Whitehouse matchup appears to be pretty even.

Whitehouse, coming off of a regional semifinal appearance, is 14-6 with five of its losses by a run.

Corsicana, which advanced to the regional quarterfinals last year, is 18-4-1 and has won 16 of its last 17 games.

“That makes it pretty good right there,” Whitehouse coach Derrick Jenkins said. “It’s good. It’s easy to get yourself up for a game.”

The Tigers will return to Whitehouse for the first time since their biggest wins last season — two emotional playoff victories over Hallsville that were won during a wild and wet weekend in Whitehouse.

Several Tigers are back from that team — including Grounds — which should give Corsicana some positive vibes heading back east. Grounds pitched in the Tigers’ Game 1 win over Hallsville that ended around 2 a.m.

“Any time you play a pretty big game somewhere you are acquainted with and have good memories from it helps you,” Autrey said. “To what extent, you don’t know. It’s one less thing you have to worry about.”

Jenkins has pulled the first interesting move of the two-game district series by not throwing Mahomes. And Jenkins didn’t say who would start Thursday’s game, just saying that it would be either Ryan Cheatham (4-0) or Peyton Conser (3-2).

It’s a decision that doesn’t surprise Autrey, who also likes to mix up pitching matchups against the top teams in the district.

And if it’s Cheatham, the Tigers will see a right-hander with a fastball that runs up to the plate at 86 to 89 mph plus a breaking ball and changeup. It will be a major challenge for Corsicana’s lineup.

“If it was to come down to a last game over here for a title, they would probably want the best athlete Mahomes out there,” Autrey said. “Either way, (Jenkins) probably has several reasons for it. Cheatham is really good.”

Jenkins said it’s a luxury he has with good pitching behind Mahomes, who is 3-1 this season.

“Conser has come in and done a great job,” Jenkins said. “It’s nice setting things up. You don’t have to match up kids as much.”

Whitehouse will face a Tigers team that has come together nicely with a blend of veterans and young players.

Right fielder Brady Harlan had two more hits and two RBIs in Tuesday’s 7-2 win over Lindale. Freshman second baseman Layton Wolver had an RBI single.

The Tigers know they can lean heavily on Grounds, who was brilliant Friday against Nacogdoches, running his season record to 7-0.

Whitehouse expects a tough opponent.

“They have a kid that can throw a little bit,” Jenkins said. “They can swing the bat and they put pressure on you. They’re always good. Fundamentally they do what you’re suppose to do. Coach Autrey does a good job. I would expect a very good ballgame.”

 

1
Text Only
Sports
  • 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.

    April 18, 2014

  • BG baseball GC Baseball/Softball: Blooming Grove sweeps Rice in baseball and softball

    Blooming Grove's Lions needed this one.
    Heck, they need all of them.
    That's where they're living today on the Blooming Grove diamond, where everyone knew going into Friday's game with Rice that the Lions need to win their final three games to have a chance of nailing down the final playoff spot in District 23-2A.
    One down, two to go.
    “It's in our hands,'' said Blooming Grove Coach Matt Anderson moments after his kids beat Rice 8-0 Friday night. “As long as we take care of our business we'll be fine.''

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • GC Softball/Baseball Roundup: Frost girls win district title

    Frost's Lady Polar Bears needed to win to nail down the district title and they never trailed, jumping out to a 7-0 lead en route to an 11-7 clinching victory over Itasca Friday on the road. They wrapped up their second district title in a row with a 9-1 record and enter the playoffs next week at 13-1.

    April 18, 2014

  • CHS Baseball/Softball: Whitehouse sweeps Tigers in baseball and softball

    The Tigers lost a tough game to Whitehouse, 11-3 as the Wildcats' ace, Pat Mahomes, who went four innings and gave up all three runs on two hits and five walks

    April 18, 2014

  • GC Basketball/Baseball: Mildred's Connor Hill sees life clearly

    There was never any doubt for Connor Hill, never any question about what he would do or how he would do it.
    Sure, there was that meeting with his mother and father and talks with the doctor when he was 10, talks and meetings that came accompanied with worry and concern.
    But never from Connor.
    He just never dwelled on the fact he played sports with one eye. He didn't worry or talk about it when he was 10 and he never talked about it at Mildred High, where Hill emerged as a star on the basketball court and baseball diamond.

    April 18, 2014

  • Frost Lady Polar Bears Area Champions.jpg GC Track & Field: Roundup — Frost girls win area meet

    The Frost Lady Polar Bears made a shambles of their district track & field meet last week, scoring 206 points, and they were dominate again in the area meet Thursday, scoring 162 points to win the meet at Blooming Grove.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • RON MORGAN.jpg Morgan:The new endangered species

    Am I just that old, or have amateur athletics gone absolutely nuts these days? On second thought, don’t answer that unless it’s yes to the nuts part.
    High School and college basketball are on the verge of being totally ruined by AAU basketball. Top roundball prospects are identified by the junior high level if not earlier.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • GC Track & Field: Area meet Roundup

    Corsicana's Gilfillan wins 4A area pole vault title; Frost girls win 1A area team title, Frost boys finish second

    April 17, 2014

  • GC Baseball: Mildred falls to Riesel, 9-0, on the road

    Mildred managed a hit and struck out 12 times in a 9-0 loss on the road that could have given the Eagles some cushion in the 23-2A standings. They are now 5-6 with a game at league-leading Teague Tuesday.

    April 17, 2014

  • 4-18-14Roman.jpg CHS Soccer: Tigers boys and girls top off season with strong showing on All-District teams

    That tough and gutsy style of play sent both the boys and girls teams into the playoffs and on Thursday the Tigers were rewarded again for their fine seasons as two boys won special honors,four boys were named to the All-District first team and two girls earned first-team honors.
    Michael Roman, who did a little of everything — and did it well — was named the District 28-4A Utility Player of the Year, and sophomore defender Jesus Barreto was named the district's Newcomer of the Year.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo