Mansfield Legacy baseball thriving on chemistry with team and student body

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The Mansfield Legacy baseball team just might have the most popular kids in school.

Throughout the year, the team’s 10 seniors made sure to attend many of the school’s football and basketball games, wearing goofy costumes, starting chants and generally boosting all-around school spirit.

Now that the Broncos (29-11) are one step away from a UIL state tournament berth, players are certainly feeling the love.

“Around the school, they know the baseball guys are the funny guys,” said senior center fielder Marcus Perez, whose team plays Hallsville on Thursday and Saturday at Mesquite’s Tillery Field. “Last year, [classmates] didn’t really go out for the baseball team. But since everyone knows us, we’ve brought a big crowd around.”

Nothing compared to the crowd that showed up to cheer on Legacy in the first two games of its regional semifinal series against Prosper last weekend.

“Last week when we played, we had a tremendous student body section show up, and I think they were there because the example these guys have set of how to have fun in high school the right way,” coach David Walden said. “They have changed our school culture a lot and made it a neat place.”

With that support, both players and coach alike are thrilled to play their next series in Mesquite, which is much more accessible than East Texas to Legacy students.

Through the experience of supporting all of the school’s other sports, as well as spending time with each other outside of class and baseball, this group of seniors is the closest Walden has seen.

“We spent so much time together,” senior catcher Corey Murray said. “Even going through some hard times and some good times has made it where we’ve been so close through the years. We spent so much time outside of baseball together. We go fishing all the time and just hang out all the time.”

Because of those experiences, when Legacy hits the field against Hallsville in the best-of-three series starting Thursday, they play as if they were reading each other’s minds.

“We trust each other a lot more since we know [that] we know each other so well,” Murray said. “I can rely on all my friends because I know them so well.”

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