Mansfield Tigers “Steal” The Rebels Thunder

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After coming off of two huge league wins against Magazine, the Mansfield Tigers picked right back up where they left off as they took JC Westside to the cleaners in Monday night’s 15-4 victory. Mansfield immediately took control of the game in the first inning with a 9-0 run and although the Rebels were able to secure three runs at the top of the fifth, it just wasn’t enough to overthrow the Tigers.

Braxton Byers got the party started for Mansfield in the bottom of the first as he doubled on a ground ball to left field bringing Nate Brewer, Aaron Brewer, and Fisher Willsey home. Next, it was nothin’ but steals for the Tigers as both Trenton Leroy and Cody Fudge stole home to bring the score to 5-0 Mansfield. After stealing second and third base, Drew Elmore was able to score on a Peyton Martin line drive to center field upgrading the board to 6-0. But wait there’s more! With feet as quick as a hiccup, the Tigers continued their stealing streak and ended the inning with three more stolen home scores from Trey Vaughan, Martin, and Nate Brewer.

#13 Randy Claude

JC Westside was able to get on the board in the top of the second inning but Mansfield quickly responded back when Willsey scored on a Byers line drive to left field keeping the Tigers on top 10-1. The Rebels struggled to make anything happen in the third inning so Mansfield unleashed their Tigers and hammered out four more runs. Nate Brewer singled on a ground ball to shortstop allowing Vaughan to score moving the cards 11-1. Then Martin, Aaron Brewer, and Randy Claude turned around and stole home ending the third inning 14-1 Mansfield. With all quiet on the Rebels front in the top of the fourth, Vaughan secured the Tiger’s final score of the game and after three runs by JC Westside in the top of the fifth, Mansfield took the “Dub” 15-4.

Pitching for the Tigers was Braxton Byers for three innings where he catapulted 35 throws to 12 batters earning 3 strikeouts and Fisher Willsey who worked two innings facing 11 batters with 43 pitches striking out 5. Mansfield also refused to commit a single error in the field and earned a total of 15 putouts with Cody Fudge scooping up 9 followed by Claude with 3, Aaron Brewer with 2, and Elmore with 1. After an away JV game tonight against Magazine, the Tigers will host the Lavaca Golden Arrows on Thursday, April 8.

Fisher Willsey

Photos courtesy of Raven Jackson

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