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|Mangham falls in championship, 3.1|
For the second consecutive year, the Mangham Dragons were tripped up by the Northlake Christian Wolverines.
Northlake Christian (27-4) claimed the LHSAA Class 1A baseball state championship on Saturday with a 1-0 win over Mangham (27-9). Northlklake Christian defeated Mangham at the state tournament semi-final round last season.
The game featured two of the top 1A pitchers in the state going head-to-head in a classic championship duel.
Zac Hawkins of Northlake Christian was able to get the upper hand after a dominating afternoon.
Hawkins allowed just three hits from Mangham over seven innings and continued to throw strikes and get solid defensive backup from his team.
Todd Dushesne went 2-for-3 and Tyler Everett was 1-for-3 for the Dragons as they represented the lone hits in the contest for Mangham.
He was outstanding," Mangham head coach Scott Wilcher said. "We made some mistakes, big ones, and you can't do that in a championship game."
Jacob Mooney of Mangham had his own great night on the mound as he allowed just three hits as well and one run over seven innings.
Jacob (Mooney) has been outstanding for us all year," Wilcher said. "This was no different. Both teams having three hits. They came up with a couple of plays."
Mooney gave up his lone earned run in the third inning and did not even allow a base runner from Northlake Christian from that point forward.
One of several early errors by Mangham proved to be the difference in winning the title as a fielding error allowed Tyler Clark of NCS to reach second base and he later scored on a Taylor Bazzell single.
A rally by Mangham was soon cut short when Dushesne was caught at second base leaving early. The resulting double play got NCS out of a huge jam that could have meant runs for the Dragons.
Moving forward now, Mangham baseball is headed in a good direction. The Dragons claimed another district championship and will move into Class 2A next year to give themselves an even bigger challenge on the field.
We are excited about the move," Wilcher said. "We will be playing in a district with Sterlington and Farmerville and teams like that. We know the level they play at and have played many of those same teams."
While the team loses seniors like Tyler Everett, Josh Wilson, Karl Wiggers, and Jeb Bryan from this fabulous team, coaches are not concerned because they know the talent they have brought up through the system.
We lose seniors every year," Wilcher said. "We will work hard in the summer months to get the guys ready to play and continue to do what we do at Mangham."
While great field players will have to be replaced, Mangham does return all of their pitching staff from a squad that was just inches away from a state championship.