ROUND ROCK -- Corsicana's Tigers' magical ride through the playoffs and history ended Thursday on a sun-splashed field, where the clouds and rain parted and the sky opened up for the Class 5A state semifinals.
But the sun refused to shine on the Tigers who lost a tough and bitter 2-1 heartbreaker to Colleyville Heritage, the No 6-ranked team in the nation.
The Tigers (29-11) went toe to toe-toe with the Panthers (38-3) and Bobby Witt Jr., who is the top-ranked high school player in the country and who was the No. 2 pick in the MLB draft Monday.
Witt scored both of the Panthers' runs and came in to close out the game on the mound the seventh to get the save.
Heritage did not score an earned run off Micah Burke or Kolby Kinkade.
"We just didn't get that hit, that knock to get us going Lindsey, one of three four year starters who saw his career end. "We've been getting it all year to get here, but we just couldn't get it today."
The Tigers scored their only run in the second wen Ty Nolen walked, went to second on a wild pitch and came racing home of Cade Jonson's two-out single to left off Heritage starter Austin Glaze (14-0), who held the Tigers to two hits.
Burke gave up just three singles, including two infield singles, over 3 1/3 innings and was saddled with the two earned runs, which came home with the help of uncharacteristic errors...
Kinkade, a sophomore, was also also lights out, and gave up only one single while striking out four over 2 2/3 innings. He had the moment of the game when he struck out Witt Jr. with the bases loaded to end the fourth.
"Micah gave us a great start and Kolby came in and pitched great," Tigers coach Heath Autrey said afterward. "That's the No. 6 team in the country and played with them and went toe-to-toe against them.
"We played one of the best teams in the country to the last out. I am so proud of these kids. We just made a few mistakes on defense, and only had two hits. And we just didn't come through with the big hit"