In what was a see-saw affair, Corsicana plated the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning as the Lady Tigers nipped Jacksonville, 5-4, in the District 16-4A opener for both squads.
Despite the loss, Jacksonville head softball coach Amber Danner-Kirk was upbeat.
“The girls really played well and they battled back twice on the road and never gave up,” she said. “I saw a lot of things that made me happy.”
After the Lady Tigers took an early, 2-0, edge, Jacksonville tied the game in the top of the fifth inning by plating a couple of tallies of their own.
Damonica Franklin doubled in the frame while Caitlyn Matejka and Jordane Mallard accounted for singles..
The Maidens (11-7, 0-1 16-4A) moved in front of the host team, 4-2, in the following segment
Nicole Robinson got the Maidens rolling by ripping a ball into right field.
TaSheena Canady followed up with a two-base knock to left.
A smash to left off of Franklin's stick, which went for an error on the Corsicana left fielder, enabled two runs to score.
The Lady Tigers then struck in the bottom of the sixth for what turned out to be the winning run.
Jacksonville will play its first conference contest in front of the home faithful at 7 p.m. Tuesday when Nacogdoches comes to town.