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|Mangham advances to semi-finals|
The Mangham Dragons pounded St. Martins 12-8 last week and will now meet Hanson High School in the Class 1A baseball semi-finals in Alexandria Wednesday afternoon.
Josh Wilson went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run and a double to lead the Dragons at the plate.
Tyler Everett also had a big day with a 3-for-5 performance including a pair of doubles for Mangham, now 25-7 for the year.
Jared Dye started the game on the mound for the Dragons and went 2 1/3 innings before giving way to Kyle King.
King picked up the win and also went 1-for-3 from the plate to help his own cause with the bat.
The five hour bus trip had little effect on the Dragons as they have been preparing for this moment all year long.
That is why we play in out of town tournaments," Mangham head coach Scott Wilcher said.
"We get them used to the travel and they responded real well. It was a tough place to go play and win."
Mangham jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning and the game looked to be a blowout early on.
The bottom of the third inning, however, saw St. Martins score six runs to take the lead, 6-3.
Our kids don't quit," Wilcher said. "We had some tough adversity to go through and we responded."
Down 7-5 in the fifth inning, the Dragons came up with another big inning to explode past St. Martins.
Hanson (17-13) is up next for Mangham. The second place team from district 8-1A is all that stands between the Dragons and a spot in the Class 1A state championship.
Mangham is not a stranger to playing Hanson late in the year. Mangham hosted and beat Hanson 5-3 in the regional back in 2007.
"I hear they have some good pitching," Wilcher said. "Everyone at this point is going to be a solid baseball team. We are playing good defense right now and feel good about that."