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Lady Tigers Swingin’ Into STATE

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One can definitely say that the Mansfield Lady Tigers have been on one heck of a roller coaster ride softball season. The girls started out with multiple back to back losses but as the season progressed, the Lady Tigers started gaining confidence in themselves. Getting into the swing of things, Mansfield began to bring in the wins. The Lady Tigers ended their conference play with a 4-6 record but the girls knew they could push themselves harder and farther. Mansfield put bigger goals in place and set out to achieve them.

Caroline Nicodemus

First up for Mansfield was District. The Lady Tigers knew it wasn’t going to be easy but they were prepared to go all the way to the top. The girls succeeded in overpowering Greenland, West Fork, and Charleston during District play but ended falling to Elkins in the championship round taking Runner-Up. In it to win it, the Lady Tigers next set their sight on Regionals.

Shyann McDowell

Taking out Mountain View in the first round of Regionals, the Lady Tigers were supercharged and ready to play hard. In round two, Mansfield was tasked to take on the 31-1 Rose Bud Lady Ramblers. The Lady Ramblers shut out the Lady Tigers 15-0 so it was off for Mansfield to battle the Charleston Lady Tigers for the third place title. Having played Charleston multiple times before, Mansfield was unworried and unfazed at having to face this opponent. The red Lady Tigers secured the victory 7-2 and earned third place in the 2019 3A Regional Tournament along with a bid to State.

Amber Elmore, Caroline Nicodemus, and Rylea Weaver

Having met all of the goals that were put into place up to now, Mansfield has one left to accomplish. Take State. The Lady Tigers are sitting with a 16-15 overall record, a Runner-Up title in Districts, and a third-place title in Regionals. For their go at State, Mansfield has been assigned to take on the 10-10 Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals in the first round. The Lady Tigers will play on Thursday, May 9 at 5:30 p.m. in Harrison.

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