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GC Baseball: Tigers keep rolling, rip Red Oak 12-4

Mar. 22—Corsicana's Tigers took advantage of 10 walks, banged out 11 hits and ripped Red Oak 12-4 Tuesday at Price Field, where they won their sixth in a row in front of CISD Superintendent Diane Frost, who recently announced her retirement effective this summer.

Frost, a tremendous supporter and passionate fan of CHS sports, threw out the first pitch and spent time with the Tigers and took some photos and had some laughs with the team.

She looked pretty good on the mound, but there's no truth to the rumor that Red Oak, which had problems with its pitching all night, tried to recruit Frost.

Red Oak is an old rival, and the two teams have had some classic showdowns over the years but the Hawks lost the strike zone in the fifth inning Tuesday and opened the door for a young Tiger team that ran right through it and never looked back.

The Tigers, who are now 12-4 and 3-0 in district play, broke up a 4-4 tie with a six-run fifth inning that featured three walks and three hit batters. It may not have been pretty but the Tigers aren't interested in winning any beauty pageants. They just want to win baseball games.

And this young team — the youngest Autrey has ever had in his 13 years at Corsicana — a team that started the season with a dugout full of question marks, is learning to win on and off the field every day.

It's Autreyball 101.

Red Oak's ace, lefty Joaquin Jants. came into the game with a 1.65 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 29 innings, but he left with two outs in the fourth after giving up seven hits and walking five. Red Oak's bullpen crashed and burned in the fifth and had problems finding the plate, walking five more Tigers in 1 1/3 innings.

While Red Oak was having a nightmare in the bullpen the Tigers found a new weapon.

Brody Dobbs (4-0), who has been remarkable on the mound this season, left the mound after two innings, and the Tigers went to Easton Autrey, who is known for his big bat and patience at the plate.

Easton can also pitch. Just ask Red Oak's hitters.

After throwing just three innings this season, Easton slammed the door on the Hawks, throwing five scoreless innings, allowing just three singles while walking one and striking out three.

The Tigers took the lead in the fifth after Garrett Joles was hit by a pitch and Oscar Castenada and Adrian Baston walked to load the bases. Josh Portillo and Connor Perkins were both hit by pitches and each took first base with an RBI in their pocket that gave the Tigers a 6-4 lead.

Dylan Anderton, who drove in three runs Tuesday, made it 8-4 with a stinging hit to right field that brought in two more runs. Trenton Bruton followed with a liner to left that brought home Perkins and Anderton and a 10-4 lead.

The Tigers scored two more in the sixth after Castenada singled and Baston walked on a 3-2 pitch to start the inning. With two on and nobody out Red Oak decided to intentionally walk Easton Autrey, who is one of the top baseball prospects in Texas and the nation.

The free pass to Easton loaded the bases and Portillo, who went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs, brought home a run with an infield hit and Perkins followed with a sac fly to center to make it a 12-4 game. It was Perkins' fourth RBI in the game.

The Tigers scored early when Baston and Autrey led off the first with singles and Perkins ripped a line drive double to center to bring them home. They trailed 4-2 in the second but Baston laced an RBI triple to right to score Joles, who had walked. It was Baston's fourth triple of the season in just 16 games, He hit a Tiger-record nine triples last season. The Tigers knotted the score at 4-4 in the fourth when Anderton walked with the bases loaded.

The Tigers have not been the same since delivering Autrey's 400th win on Feb. 29. Since then the Tigers have won 9-of-10 games, including their current six-game winning streak.