The season came to an end for the Mansfield baseball team last weekend as it lost a best-of-three game series against Flower Mound in the regional quarterfinals round of the playoffs.
Mansfield loss 10-1 and 15-3 against the Jaguars, and coach Gary Vaughan said it was a combination of a couple of factors that led to the losses.
“We ran into a very good baseball team,” Vaughan said. “We didn't play our baseball that we've played all year long, so it's unfortunate. We didn't play very good defense and their pitching had something to do with our offensive performance.”
Mansfield ranked ninth in the state with a 28-5 record heading into the series with Flower Mound and won a district championship this season with a 13-1 mark in district competition.
Vaughan said he could not be more happy with how his team competed and for their effort this season.
“I am extremely proud of this team and the way these kids performed throughout the year,” Vaughan said. “We didn't know going in how things were going to pan out.
“We didn't have every position filled at the beginning of the season, so we really didn't know exactly how strong we were going to be. These kids just worked their tails off and made themselves into a very competitive team.”
Vaughan said that he hopes his players take away a couple of different things from this season.
“If nothing else, I want them to understand that hard work and perseverance pays off,” Vaughan said. “Buying into the philosophy of doing the little things correct, like our bunting game and playing good defense, will take you a long way in this game.”
Vaughan said he will be losing four starters from this year's line up, but said that things are shaping up pretty well for next season in terms of returning experience and players moving up from the junior varsity.
“Every year, we are hoping to put a competitive team out there,” Vaughan said. “With the experience that our juniors got through this run that we've had, it will pay off big dividends. We've also got some kids on our freshman and JV that will help fill in some holes for next year.
“We are losing four seniors that were very important to us, but we are looking good for next year,” he said.