Tigers wrapping up redeemed season

Posted Monday, Apr. 22, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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The Mansfield baseball team’s nine-game district winning streak came to an end last Friday with a 3-0 loss at Cedar Hill. The result left the Tigers at 10-3 in District 7-5A, a game ahead of Cedar Hill in the standings with one game left to play. Mansfield will host DeSoto (5-21, 3-16) on Friday to close out the district campaign before a non-district meeting with Arlington Martin on Saturday, and then move on to the playoffs.

Reaching the postseason may not have seemed so certain just over a month ago. After a 2-1 loss to Midlothian on March 15, the Tigers (16-12, 10-3 in District 7-5A) stood at just 6-10 overall and 1-2 in district play. Mansfield, which was the District 5-5A champion last season, then flipped a switch.

Since that loss on March 15, the Tigers have run off 10 wins compared to just two losses, including a stretch of nine consecutive district contest wins. The two losses were in a non-district matchup with Saginaw Boswell in late March and last Friday to Cedar Hill. Over that 12-game stretch, Mansfield has outscored opponents 119-20, including a 27-0 demolition of Friday’s opponent, DeSoto.

In consecutive games on April 6 and 9, the Tigers avenged their early district losses. First, they defeated South Grand Prairie 9-2, followed by a 12-2 thumping of first-place Midlothian, the Panthers’ only district loss thus far.

Clint Harris and Hunter Hargrove are among the area leaders in hitting. Harris has posted a .446 average with 26 RBI, while Hargrove boasts a .442 average and has 19 extra base hits for the Tigers.

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