Ballplayers represent MISD in all-star games

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Mansfield was well-represented in a pair of recent high school baseball all-star games. Summit’s Corey Pickens and Mansfield’s Hunter Hargrove were selected to take part in the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Game, placing them among the elite players in the entire state.

“I was very honored that I got to play with some of the best Texas baseball players around and it was an honor to be a part of it and get to know them better and play against another great team that had a bunch of great players on it,” Hargrove said.

His teammate for a day, from cross-town rival Summit, was chosen to the THSBCA all-state second team. Chris Peacock, head baseball coach of the Jaguars, felt Pickens was easily deserving of the invitation to the all-star game.

“I don’t know that I’ve ever coached a kid that has had the kind of offensive year that he had this year, from a standpoint of hitting for high average, having a ton of extra-base hits, a ton of RBIs, and RBIs in big situations,” Peacock said. “It didn’t matter whether it was a good pitcher or middle-of-the-road pitcher, he hit them all. He was district MVP and that was a very deserving honor.”

Hargrove and Pickens were also among the local players and coaches taking part in the North Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association all-star game on June 9 at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie. Also representing the West squad from the Mansfield ISD were Legacy’s Branden Bohuslav and Mansfield’s Clint Harris. Legacy head coach David Walden was the manager of the West squad for the game.

“It was awesome, I had a blast,” Walden said. “I was just really amazed at how good all those players really were and how humble they were and how much they enjoyed playing baseball. They were having a blast and I was having a blast watching them have a blast.”

The West squad lost the game 7-3, but the score wasn’t the focus of the game.

“A lot of them had just finished the playoffs and I think they enjoyed just being able to relax and hang out with all these players they’ve been hearing about and reading about for years,” Walden added. “They got to meet each other and it was neat to kind of be a bug on the wall and hear what all they were talking about.”

Walden’s star pitcher from 2013, Bohuslav, tossed two innings of work, striking out four while allowing no runs on one hit.

“I was pretty happy with my performance,” Bohuslav said. “There was one ball I missed, but other than that I was pretty happy with it.”

He admitted he was nervous initially, but eventually settled in to enjoy the experience.

“It was great, I had a lot of fun. It was fun meeting some of the top baseball players around … It was nice that we were able to relax and just go play and not have to worry about the end result.”

Former Tiger Harris went 1-for-3 in the game, including a double. But like Bohuslav, it was more about the experience than the statistics.

“Heading over there, I thought it was going to be fun, but it was a blast – it was more fun that I even thought it would be,” Harris said. “It was a very good experience for me and I had so much fun.

“I was honored just being able to go out there,” he added. “I knew before we even got there that everybody there was going to be really good, and just having a chance to play with all these good kids from all these different schools, and to get meet them, that was really fun … It was nice to [represent Mansfield] and to go out on a really high note in a Mansfield Tiger uniform.”

Peacock was a part of directing this year’s North Texas all-star contest, and was pleased with the final product.

“I think it was a great thing for the kids,” he said. “I think they had a great time and that’s a great venue we have out there at QuikTrip Park. It’s a great place for kids to play. We were really happy with the game. We felt like we had the best crowd we’ve had ever. It was a great game with a lot of good players and a good experience for the players, coaches and everybody involved with it.”

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