East Texas baseball teams compete in Regional Semi-Finals

Lovelady's head coach Darryl Joyner
Lovelady's head coach Darryl Joyner
Corrigan-Camden's head coach Kevin Purvis
Corrigan-Camden's head coach Kevin Purvis

By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

EAST TEXAS (KTRE) – Two East Texas ball teams are battling to make it to the State High School Championship.

They are Corrigan-Camden and Lovelady High School, two teams, with two different divisions, but very similar goals.

They've fought long and hard all year, to make it this far.

"It's not something that we take for granted but it's something that our kids expect, to be here," said Lovelady Head Coach Darryl Joyner.

Thursday night, both teams played in the Regional Semi-Finals, hoping to take it all the way to win State.

"It would be a dream come true," said one Lovelady player.

"I'm real excited for the team and everybody," John Hooks, playing for Corrigan-Camden.

This is familiar territory for the Lovelady Lions. They made it to the Semi-Finals last year and took the Regional Championships back in 2007. But for the Corrigan Bull Dogs, it's the first time they've made it this far.

"There has been two or three that's made it to the third round and that's as far as they've made it," said Corrigan-Camden Head Coach Kevin Purvis.

For both teams, it's an honor to come this far, as they represent East Texas.

"You got Lufkin, you got Hudson, Central, a lot of good players around here and to be one of the only two left still playing, we feel real proud of that," said Purvis.

"This is what it's about, is the joy and the entertainment, the fun," said Joyner.

Both coaches feel confident in their players.

"Good pitching and good hitting all the way up and down the line up," said Purvis.

"They're very good at what they do, very good," said Joyner.

They say hard work, and playing like a team, will help them keep pushing forward, straight to the top.

Corrigan began the best of a three game series Thursday, taking on White Oak at Nacogdoches High School. Corrigan lost 6-0. They'll play they're second game Saturday at noon, at the same location.

Lovelady played at Lufkin's Morris Frank Park, taking on Cayuga.

Lovelady lost 6-5. They will play their second game Friday at five pm, at the same location.

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