Mansfield Legacy eliminated by Hallsville curveballs

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A solid dose of curveballs Thursday and Saturday ended Mansfield Legacy’s season.

Hallsville swept the best-of-three Class 4A Region II finals series and earned a trip to the state tournament with a 6-0 victory Saturday.

After being fed curve after curve from Hallsville pitcher and TCU signee Connor Reich on Thursday, Legacy faced an even more dominating breaking ball Saturday. Coby Weaver pitched all seven innings, struck out 11 and allowed just three hits.

“That curveball was awesome,” Legacy coach David Walden said. “That’s one of the best ones I’ve seen.”

Weaver (11-1) had a no-hitter through four innings before Legacy shortstop Sam Mahofski roped a single off the right-field wall leading off the top of the fifth.

Trailing 3-0, Legacy (29-13) managed to move runners to second and third with one out, leaving the Broncos one hit away from a completely different ballgame.

“I thought when we had them at second and third and it was 3-0, we’d get the base hit and it’d be 3-2 and we’d have a chance,” Walden said. “But those guys are really good over there.”

Weaver rallied, setting down the next two batters in order with a strikeout and a popout to right field.

The junior pitcher has interest from Stephen F. Austin, Louisiana Tech and Baylor.

“Oh yeah, our curveballs are pretty dominating, and we’ve been using them all year,” Weaver said of his and Reich’s success. “We have really good confidence in them.”

Hallsville (34-4) scored in every other inning, beginning in the first when a single by first baseman Logan Bailey drove in two. The Bobcats plated another in the third on Austin Blakeley’s single.

But Hallsville sparked its biggest rally in the fifth, when three crossed home thanks to a Blakeley single and Colton Oberthier’s sacrifice fly.

The Broncos were feeling the sting of a quick defeat after the furthest run any Legacy team has made, but Walden said it was quite the ride.

“I’m really proud of these kids,” he said. “It was an awesome experience to be with these kids for a year. Great kids, great families, great ballplayers. They worked their tails off every day. It was a neat last five weeks.”

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