Senior duo leads Tigers to playoffs

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The Mansfield baseball team is headed to the postseason in 2013 due in no small part to the offensive contributions of Clint Harris and Hunter Hargrove.

Harris hit .468 on the season with 12 doubles and 26 RBI, while Hargrove batted .433 on the year with 15 doubles, two home runs and 13 RBI, and coach Gary Vaughan said both players are a big part of what the Tigers have been able to accomplish this season.

“First of all, they are both seniors that have been with me for three years, and they are both steady at the positions they play,” Vaughan said. “They are two of the team leaders. They've been a big part of our growing process throughout the whole year, and when we hit district and started gelling, they were leaders for us both at the plate and on defense.”

Harris and Hargrove helped lead the Tigers to a second-place finish in District 7-5A this season, and Hargrove said he sees his role on the team primarily as that of motivator.

“I try to bring energy and leadership to keep the team up,” Hargrove said. “I consider myself as a spark plug. I like to bring the energy, help us to score early and have my team up and not let them get down on themselves.”

The Mansfield centerfielder, who has signed to play college ball at North Central Texas Junior College, said that a number of things impress him about Harris and that the two of them have been teammates for a number of years.

“Clint is incredible in how he swings the bat and generates so much power,” Hargrove said. “Everybody looks up to him, and he is the guy in the middle of our line up that always wants to be there and always tries to pick up other teammates when they are down, and that is impressive.”

Harris said that he tries to bring leadership to the team as much as possible, and said he has a great deal of respect for Hargrove's offensive prowess.

“He's just so good at everything he does in baseball,” Harris said. “He is probably the best all-around player I've ever played with, and the best part about it is he never lets the success go to his head, and he is always getting better.”

The Mansfield third baseman and Vernon Junior College commitment said that in order for his team to have a good run in the playoffs, most of the responsibility falls to him and the batting order.

“We're just going to have to hit the ball,” Harris said. “Our pitching is good, our defense is good, and if we can find a way to manufacture runs, I feel great about our chances.”

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