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Legacy senior signs baseball scholarship

Legacy senior infielder Kale Ward officially signed his letter of intent to play baseball at Frank Phillips College in Borger last week at Legacy High School.

Ward, Legacy's starting second baseman, said it was a relief to see the day finally arrive.

“It feels really good,” Ward said. “I'm excited to play college ball and be a college player.”

Ward joins numerous Legacy seniors that will be playing college baseball. Now that he has a college picked, he's ready to focus 100 percent on the rest of Legacy's season.

“It's a huge relief,” he said. “It's a big weight off my shoulders.”

And it's been quite a season for Legacy. The Broncos are in first place in District 15-4A with a perfect 11-0 record entering Tuesday's game. Ward is ready to finish the season strong and start what is hopefully a deep playoff run.

“We've just got to keep playing the way we're playing,” Ward said. “Just keep on keeping on. I think we've all come together as a team and we're more like a family now rather than a team.”

Wins keep coming for Mansfield softball

Mansfield softball continues to roll as the Lady Tigers have clinched second place in District 7-5A.

Mansfield has the most overall wins of any team in the district with 22 and sits in second place in 7-5A with an 11-2 district record. Its only two district losses came against first-place Timberview.

The Lady Tigers clinched second place during a three game win streak after a loss to Timberview on April 5. Since that loss, Mansfield topped South Grand Prairie, Midlothian and Duncanville. Mansfield won all three games by a combined score of 19-3.

Mansfield is led by senior pitcher Danielle Hubbard. Hubbard leads the team with 20 victories as the primary starting pitcher and sports a 1.70 ERA. Hubbard helps herself at the plate too, with a .370 batting average, a team-leading four runs and 25 RBI.

Marlee Boyd leads the Lady Tigers with 32 hits and also has a .432 batting average and 25 RBI.

Legacy softball gets second place

Legacy narrowly missed out on capturing a district title, but will finish in second place in 15-4A.

The Lady Broncos finished with an 11-2 district record, but both losses were to first-place Ennis. Both games against Ennis were nail-biting thrillers, with Ennis winning each game by one run.

Legacy's latest defeat was a 5-4 loss to Ennis on Friday that clinched the district title for Ennis. But there's good news for the Lady Broncos – starting pitcher Kendall Potts returned from injury.

Potts suffered the loss on Friday, but she was a key part of Legacy's plans for a state title run. Potts only threw 23 innings prior to her start on Friday but went 3-0 with a spotless 0.00 ERA and 44 strikeouts.

With Potts back, Legacy will begin its playoff run against Burleson on Tuesday in a first round matchup.

Tigers riding streak

The Mansfield Tigers baseball team is in second place in District 7-5A, looking to make a run in the playoffs with a couple of district games left.

Mansfield is getting hot at the right time, riding an eight-game winning streak entering Tuesday's game. The Tigers haven't loss since March 15, a 2-1 loss to first-place Midlothian.

In the win-streak, Mansfield got its revenge against Midlothian with a 12-2 win on April 9. It was the Tigers biggest district win, with the Tigers pounding out 16 hits, six of which were for extra bases.

Mansfield is led by hard-throwing starter Ryan Brooks. Brooks is 4-2 with a 1.05 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 33 and one-third innings. On offense, the Tigers are led by Hunter Hargrove and Clint Harris.

Hargrove leads the team in hits with 30 and a .390 batting average to go along with a team-high 13 stolen bases. Harris has 23 RBI and a .444 batting average.

- Josh Bowe

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