BLOOMING GROVE — The Corsicana Cardinals entered the District 2 Machine Pitch Tournament still looking for respect despite winning the city crown this summer.

The Cardinals have definitely earned that respect after topping the Corsicana Yankees, 10-3, and will play for a right to advance to the state tournament in Belton when they face the Wortham Warriors 7 p.m. Thursday at the Blooming Grove Baseball Complex.

The Cardinals (17-0) jumped on the Yankees early on the way to a 7-0 lead after two innings and never looked back.

“This game was for these kids to gain respect,” Cardinals head coach Mike Alonzo said. “These kids have worked hard all year. They practice more than any kids I know.

“Our first baseman is in a cast. Mason Avery steps in there and does a good job. That’s a testament to our core kids. We got good kids and good parents.”

Avery, Joe Vasquez, D.J. Minniear, Connor Alonzo and Trevor Denbow each had at least three hits, while Mason Richardson, Israel Perales, Taylor Ward, Avery Cantu and Triston Ivy also reached base safely.

“The main thing was our core players,” Alonzo said. “They hit the ball when they had to hit the ball. People talk about our offense, but defense wins championships. We got a defense, too.”

Corbin Hall and Jackson Kennemore paced the Yankees (10-7) with two hits apiece.

Wort. Bulldozers 18,

BG Outlaws 8

Wort. Bulldozers 13, Corsicana Yankees 4

The Wortham Bulldozers won their third straight game and punched their ticket in Thursday’s championship contest against the Corsicana Cardinals with a pair of wins on Wednesday.

Wortham (14-2) scored 17 runs in the first three innings to get past the Outlaws and never trailed after three-run opening inning against the Yankees. The Bulldozers scored 10 runs in their last three at-bats to get to the title game as Corsicana scored only twice after the second frame.

The Bulldozers are the only team that has led the Cardinals all year long. Corsicana rallied from a 6-4 deficit to win on Tuesday.

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