The Mansfield baseball team earned a clean and efficient victory against Coppell last week, winning 4-0 to advance to the third round of the postseason.
The Tigers will square off with Flower Mound in their next series, and coach Gary Vaughan said he knows his team will have its work cut out for it against the Jaguars.
“They've got plenty of pitching,” Vaughan said. “They've got kids that bring it in at 94 (mph), and they are just loaded with pitching. They play good defense, and they are real aggressive with the bats up there. They can swing it. They have several (Division I college-bound) players, and it shows, because they send some athletes to the plate.”
Mansfield defeated Coppell in a six-hit shut-out in their area round game in which Connor Ellington, Aaron Funk and Matt Needham all doubled for the Tigers to lead the team offensively.
Vaughn said he decided to take a different approach with his pitchers against Coppell.
“It was a very intense competition,” Vaughan said. “We chose to pitch several pitchers, and each one of our pitchers just grabbed that role and did a good job against them, keeping them off balance.”
Kyle Laberge was the pitcher who earned the victory for the Tigers in the Coppell game.
Vaughan said, when he looks at the way his team is playing at this point in the season logically, his guys are definitely firing on all cylinders at just the right time.
“This is real competition that we're up against now,” Vaughan said. “If we continue to play our solid defense, which is what we have been doing, and get some timely hits, then we are peaking at the right time, because that is what we've been doing.”
Vaughan said he does believe that confidence on the team is very high as the playoffs move forward.
“These kids have been rolling,” Vaughan said. “We've won a lot of close ball games, and they just feel like, if it's close, and it's toward the last two or three innings, then we have a chance to come away with a win just like anybody else does.”
The Mansfield baseball team will play Flower Mound in a three game series at QuikTrip Park on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Times for the games had not yet been determined at the press deadline; see www.dfwvarsity.com for updates.