Mansfield Legacy remains perfect in 15-4A baseball

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Before district play began, Mansfield Summit and Mansfield Legacy’s tournament meeting might have given an indication of how District 15-4A would shake out.

That first meeting on March 7 did not go Legacy’s way in a 13-5 rout at the hands of Summit, which scored seven runs in the top of the seventh to claim the victory.

However, the season series, as well as the whole district, would prove much closer than that first game indicated.

On Tuesday, Legacy beat Summit 5-3 in their first district meeting to take command of District 15-4A with a 5-0 record.

Legacy pitcher Cole Hearrean struck out 11 in the seven-inning performance that set Legacy apart from the rest of the pack.

However, that distance is much closer than even just the one loss that sets Legacy above both Summit (4-1) and Waxahachie (4-1), Legacy coach David Walden said.

“This league is loaded with good teams,” Walden said. “There’s really, really good teams in this league this year. There’s going to be a lot of upsets and all kinds of things in this league.”

Beyond the two 4-1 teams are Ennis, Mansfield Lake Ridge and Red Oak all tied for the final playoff position at 2-3.

“I think everybody in the league feels that they still are in good shape, even those guys with three losses right now,” Walden said.

Last season, Legacy ran away with the district title, going 13-1 and reaching the regional semifinals.

While Legacy is on pace for the same kind of record through five district games, Walden said Legacy’s district rivals are much improved.

Many of the teams in District 15-4A last year featured young rosters, but a season later experience is a strength of the league, Walden said.

Walden believes the race for the district title will go down to the final games of the season. But it might be settled on April 17, the second 15-4A meeting between Legacy and Summit.

Until then, this year’s district race will be one of the toughest grinds in North Texas.

“Everybody this year has elevated their game. It’s going to be a dogfight until the last night of the season,” Walden said.

Tigers rolling

The Mansfield Tigers sit in second place in District 7-5A with a 4-1 record after beating Cedar Hill on Tuesday, putting a game’s separation between the two teams.

Mansfield is in a tie with Midlothan for second place and has only one loss, to district leader Duncanville.

Justin Visitacion has been an offensive stalwart through district play, leading Mansfield with multiple-hit games against Grand Prairie and Midlothian.

He also recorded a hit Tuesday against Cedar Hill.

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