DALLAS —Corsicana’s Tigers have been here before.
In fact it was just a week ago when Heath Autrey’s kids found themselves in the exact situation, facing a winner-take-all Game 3 against Joshua.
That’s where they are after losing Game 2 of a best-of-three 5A Region II Semifinal playoff to Frisco Lone Star Thursday night.
It was a nightmare game for the Tigers, who hammered Lone Star 10-4 in Game 1 on Wednesday, but couldn’t put together a rally against Lone Star ace Ryan Bogusz, who shut out Corsicana 13-0 in a five-inning game at Dallas Baptist University, where the two teas were scheduled to meet for Game 3 on Saturday.
The Tigers could manage just two hits off Bogusz, who has signed with Oklahoma State, over four innings.
Kolby Kinkade, who has dominated teams in the playoffs, took the loss for the Tigers, who used three pitchers to get through the game in an effort to save pitches for Kinkade, who threw 63 pitches Thursday.
The UIL limits a pitcher to 110 pitches over a three day stretch, so Kinkade and Bogusz, who threw 61 pitches over four innings, both have pitches left.
Autrey hasn’t used Devan Lindsey in this series, which means Lindsey will have all 110 pitches available. Lindsey has been used as a closer in the postseason, but he started some games this season.
Autrey also has Micah Burke, who started and threw 71 pitches in Game 1, and Miguel “Mikie” Luevano, who used just 45 pitches to shut out Lone Star over the final four innings in Game 1.
Saturday’s showdown is a winner-take-all situation with the victor moving on to the Region II title game, a step away from the state tournament’s semifinals in Round Rock.
The Tigers were shutout in Game 2 against Joshua last week in the Region Quarterfinals, and came back to win Game 3, beating the Owls 4-3 in a thriller.
Autrey hopes his kids, who are 26-10, can duplicate that feat. (For results and story, see corsicanadailysun.com).
Kinkade had 76 pitches left last week when he started Game 3 against Joshua and used every pitch, getting the final out in the fifth inning with his 76th pitch. Lindsey came on in relief and won that game 4-3 when Luevano singled home Burke, who hit a two-out double in the top of the seventh.