By Megan Hecox
Saturday night the Mansfield Little League Tigers and the Hackett Little League Hornets faced off in an old rivalry renewed in a Little League version. The teams battled it out for the newly created 5th and 6th Grade Mackey/Campbell Trophy and the 3rd and 4th Grade Sebastian County Trophy and also for a WCFL Playoff position.
The Hackett 3rd and 4th Grade team defeated the Tigers 16-0 in a back and forth action-packed ball game. With both teams being offensive powerhouses in previous games this season, it was the Defense that stepped up this time. The Hornets Defense was able to stop the Mansfield Offense on multiple occasions keeping the Tigers at center field for most of the game. Hackett’s Offense ate up yards on the perimeter of the field using their speed to wear the Mansfield’s defense down.
The Hornets 3rd and 4th Grade Coach, Nick Holbert said “I’m still stressed out about that game. Mansfield is a tough team. It was a big chess match between them all game. We were able to produce a few big plays and find the end zone. I really think we are firing on all cylinders right now. The Players, Coaches, and Parents have bought into what we are trying to do as a team. We are 1-1 against Mansfield this year, but I’m sure we’ll have to battle it out again at the end of the season.”
Mansfield’s 3rd and 4th Grade Coach, David Moore quoted “It was a great battle against a good team. Our players fought hard the entire game. Hackett came out on top this time but hopefully, we will see them again later on in the year. We’re going to put this loss behind us and focus on our game this week against JC Westside.”
Hackett’s 5th and 6th Grade team defeated the Tigers 28-0 improving their season record to 3-0 in league play. Hackett’s Offense showcased the night by connecting with big passes and having running backs dodge Tiger defenders during the game. The Hornets Defense helped their Offense by keeping the Tigers in long yard situations and recovering a couple of fumbles.
Hackett’s 5th and 6th Grade Coach, Chuck Hamilton quoted “Both teams played really hard with a lot of heart. Our players played all four quarters at their best. I’m sure we will meet again in the playoffs, but for now, we have to focus on playing Cedarville this Saturday.”
The Tigers 5th and 6th Grade Coach, Jason Edwards said “We knew that Hackett was a good team going into the game. Our team didn’t give up at any point throughout the game that’s what makes us all proud to be Tigers. We’ll learn from this and only grow stronger as a team. #EARNIT”
Both squads are not looking ahead too far though as they still have tough opponents to face. But Mansfield and Hackett are currently in the WCFL Playoff picture and look to be on a possible collision course towards a Round 3.
Mansfield will travel to JC Westside Saturday, October 13th to face the Rebels.
Hackett will be facing the Cedarville Pirates at home Saturday, October 13th.
The 3rd and 4th Grade games will start at 6:00 pm and the 5th and 6th Grade games will start at 7:00 pm.