The Mansfield baseball team celebrated victories over Grand Prairie and Arlington Martin last weekend, and coach Gary Vaughan said that his team is playing pretty good ball as the push towards the postseason begins.
Mansfield played DeSoto on Tuesday night after the press deadline and is scheduled to square off with Fort Worth Arlington Heights this Saturday. See www.dfwvarsity.com for results.
Vaughan said that the main thing that he wants from his team has nothing to do with winning or losing the game this coming weekend.
“I know that they are doing extremely well over there,” Vaughan said. “The biggest thing for us is not that we come away with a W or an L, but that we get out there and compete and that we show up on Saturday. We showed up this past Saturday, so my expectation is that we do show up this Saturday and that we be as solid as we possibly can and that we complete well.”
The Tigers will play Arlington Heights at noon in a home game.
Mansfield defeated Grand Prairie by a score of 15-1 on Friday and followed that up with a 12-6 win over Arlington Martin, and Vaughan said his team looked pretty good all the way around.
“We had to go to Grand Prairie, and we played pretty solid,” Vaughan said. “The game was actually closer than the score said it was. We kind of broke it open near the end. Then on Saturday, you never know how your kids are going to play, but we used five players, four of which were sophomores, and did very well. We put a seven-spot on them in one inning. Our boys did a great job of pitching, all of them, and the next thing you know, we look up and we've won 12-6.”
Vaughan said there were a couple of stand out performances in the games as well.
“Against Grand Prairie, Braxton Chapman had a great game,” Vaughan said. “Nathan Woods pitched on Friday night and had a great game. He also got a couple of hits against Grand Prairie. Then on Saturday, it was almost the whole team.”
With more than half of the district play under their belt, Vaughan said that he is feeling pretty good about where the Tigers sit in terms of playoff positioning.
“I think that we have finally started to put some complete games together,” Vaughan said. “I think that we have put ourselves in a really good and solid position, and we're playing pretty good baseball right now.”
In order to finish out the season strong and hopefully have a good run in tot the postseason, Vaughan said that he believes it will take a couple of things from his team.
“We've got to continue to play solid games all the way around and work to get better,” Vaughan said. “And we're going to have to keep scoring runs against our district opponents, especially South Grand Prairie and Midlothian, because they are solid as well.”