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|Mangham baseball gets underway|
The Mangham Dragons are ready to begin their season after months of preparation. The Dragons figure to again be a force after becoming one of the premier Class 1A programs in the state of Louisiana as of late.
The Dragons had a magical run to the Class 1A semi-finals a year ago before losing to Northlake Christian Academy 2-1.
Mangham started the season this week at Bastrop and Ouachita in a schedule coaches hope will prepare the team for district play.
"We have a brutal schedule," Mangham head coach Scot Whilcher said. "We are excited to begin the season and hope to do the little things you have to do to be a good ball team."
The Dragons will host the Mangham tournament beginning this Thursday with a pair of games.
LaSalle High School will battle Franklin Parish at 5 p.m. in the opening game. Caldwell will follow with a contest versus the Rayville Hornets.
On Friday the action sees three games with Mangham playing the nightcap against Harrisonburg.
The tournament is a chance for local baseball fans to see many great games in one weekend as well as get a look at more than one local baseball club at the same stadium.
The tournament begins early Saturday play while concluding with a night championship game.
Carl Wiggers at third base is expected to be the top returning senior for the Dragons. Wiggers is coming off knee surgery and is healthy once again to lead Mangham.
Josh Wilson will start at shortstop as another senior being counted on to give the Dragons a steady dose of offense this season.
The other senior starters include Jeb Bryant at catcher and Tyler Everett in centerfield. Mangham will be looking to establish a solid pitching staff over the first week of the season as they prepare to defend their district 4-1A championship.
Oak Grove and Delhi Charter figure to be the biggest threat to the throne for the Dragons. Delhi Charter returns a good nucleus of talent from a second-round playoff team a year ago.