Corsicana’s Tiger baseball team held its annual awards banquet Monday night and handed out team awards to the best Tiger team in 61 years as the players, coaches and parents got together one more time.
This year’s awards ceremony was a little later because the Tigers were busy making history with their memorable and inspirational run to the state tournament in Round Rock, where they lost to the Colleyville Heritage, No. 6 team in the nation in the 5A state semifinals.
The 2019 Tigers were the first Tiger team since1958 to reach the state tournament.
The Tigers will go down as the third best Class 5A team in the state even though it’s obvious they were at least the second-best team in Round Rock. The Tigers lost to nationally-ranked Colleyville Heritage 2-1, holding the powerhouse Panthers to just four singles, including two infield hits and a weak flare to left field in the semifinal game.
Heritage went on to win the state title with a mercy-rule 14-2 victory over Georgetown in the championship game on Saturday.
The Tigers honored the players who were named to the District 14-5A team, including Devan Lindsey, who was voted by the 14-5A coaches as the MVP of the conference.
Cade Johnson was honored as the only Tiger to make the UIL’s All_ Tournament team from last week’s ,state tournament.
Johnson had the RBI single that drove home Ty Nolen with the Tigers’ run against Colleyville Heritage.
The bulk of the evening was the announcement of the team awards.
Here’s the list of award winners:
Kolby Kinkade, a sophomore, was named the Most Valuable Pitcher.
Miguel Luevano, a freshman, and Hunter Autrey, a sophomore, were named the Co-Newcomers of the Year.
Jonathan Monk and Korbin Smith won the team’s Tiger Heart Award, and Landon Pritchett won the Pack Award for being the Outstanding Teammate.
Jim and Janet Robey were honored as honorary Wolfpack members.