HARKER HEIGHTS — It isn’t easy being at the top, and defending district champion Belton found itself facing two big tests, on consecutive days no less, last week.
But the first-place Tigers emerged with two big wins, and their perfect district record still intact, by referring back to a common subject for head coach Eddie Cornblum.
“We talk about this a lot, living in the moment,” Cornblum said after the Tigers’ 13-0 win against Harker Heights on Friday. “And today was obviously the start of the second half of district.
“And the most important game is the one you play that night. And we don’t want to take anyone for granted or anybody lightly.”
One day after handing Waco Midway its first district loss of the season to take sole possession of first in 8-5A, Belton maintained its spot at the top by defeating a Heights team that had proven it can play with the best in the district.
The Knights lost 3-1 to Belton in the teams’ first meeting, a game in which the teams scored one run each after the first inning. And just a week earlier, the visiting Knights had Midway on the ropes before the Panthers rallied to win by one.
And as big of a win as Midway was on Thursday for Belton, Cornblum and his staff made sure the Tigers were focused on Heights 24 hours later.
Belton had a nine-run sixth inning on Friday that effectively ended the game. It also helped that sophomore Tanner Frick tossed the second no-hitter of his young career.
And while Belton can take pride in its perfect district record and two huge wins in two days, the Tigers likely won’t be focused on it for long.
After all, it is in the past now.