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ROUND ROCK — Three Colleyville Heritage pitchers held Corsicana to two hits as the Panthers scored a 2-1 victory over the Tigers on Thursday in a Class 5A state baseball semifinal before a crowd of 3,129 at Dell Diamond.

Heritage (38-3), ranked No. 3 in the nation, advances to the 5A final that is scheduled for noon Saturday at Dell Diamond.

Corsicana ends its season at 29-11.

Austin Glaze (14-0) got the win on the mound, going four innings and allowing both hits and an earned run. He struck out three and walked two.

He was followed by Colby Kroutil, who tossed two innings, striking out one and walking one.

Bobby Witt Jr., son of former Texas Ranger pitcher Bobby Witt and the overall No. 2 pick in Monday’s MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals, got the save by pitching the seventh inning. He struck out two and walked one.

Corsicana’s pitchers also were stellar on the mound. Micah Burke (9-4) pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowing three hits and two unearned runs. He struck out one and walked three. Kolby Kinkade hurled the final 2 2/3 innings, giving up a hit while striking out four and not issuing a walk.

After an out in the bottom of the first, Witt, who plays shortstop, singled through the left side. He stole second and advanced to third on Nicolas Balsano’s grounder to second. Witt came home when Mason Greer, son of former Texas Ranger Rusty Greer, reached on an error, the first of three Tiger miscues.

Greer, who plays third base and has committed to Auburn, was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 37th round.

The Tigers tied the game in the top of the second. After two outs, Ty Nolen walked and then stole second. Cade Johnson singled to left, knocking in Nolen for the 1-1 score.

In third inning, the Panthers scored the final run of the game as Witt opened the inning with a walk. After he stole second, Witt advanced to third on an error by the shortstop on a failed pickoff attempt. Greer flied to left field, bring home Witt with a sacrifice fly.

Hunter Autrey had the other hit for Corsicana.

Jacob Guerrero, AJ Smith and Joey Keotting had singles for Heritage.

Heritage centerfielder Logan Britt, who has signed with Texas A&M, was selected in the 35th round by the Chicago White Sox.

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I am a native Tylerite and I grew up reading the Tyler Morning Telegraph and The Tyler Courier-Times. My parents took both the morning and afternoon papers. I came to work here 35 years ago at the age of 23, right after college.

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