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|Mangham tames Tigers|
On a windy, rainy Monday, the Dragons tamed the Tigers in Oak Grove behind the strong left arm of Alan Williams (9-1) by the score of 14-2. Williams pitched five innings and struck out 10 Tiger batters and gave up one earned run. Williams allowed just 1 hit in the fourth inning by Oak Grove pitcher Cody Gregory. Mangham's win extended their record for the year to 20-5 with a 2-0 district 4-1A record.
Mangham scored in the top of the first when Williams led off with the first of his three doubles on the night and advanced to third on a ground ball. Tyler Everitt then brought him in with a sacrifice fly. In the second, two Tiger errors opened the door and the Dragons charged through scoring seven runs. The big hits of the inning were two run singles by Alex Smart and Karl Wiggers. Mangham added two runs in the fourth and capped the scoring with four in the fifth.
Mangham was paced by Williams and Sophomore Alex Smart with three hits and three runs each with Everitt and Josh Wilson each adding two hits. Karl Wiggers and Everitt drove in three runs and Jeb Bryan, Wilson and Smart two. On the night the Dragons pounded out thirteen hits for the third consecutive game with thirteen or more hits.
Mangham Errors Lead to Loss
On Thursday, the Mangham Dragons put their 2-0 district record on the line and came up short in an error plagued game to the Gators of Delhi Charter. Mangham committed 6 errors on the infield that lead to 5 unearned runs as the fell to the Gators by the score of 9-7. With the score 3-0 in favor of DCS, Mangham (20-6, 2-1) battled back with two runs in the top of the third. Alex Smart led off with a single and Alan Williams followed with a walk. After a sacrifice bunt, Tyler Everitt drove them in with one of his four hits of the night. Mangham then allowed four runs by DCS in the bottom of the third. Two errors, two hits, and three bases on balls contributed to the DCS scores. Trailing 8-2 in the top of the fifth, Mangham again mounted a rally to close the score to 8-5. Following hits by Everitt and Josh Wilson, Todd Duchesne was hit by a pitch and then Billy Johnston drew a walk to plate Everitt. Jason Jarrett then grounded out bringing in Wilson and the final run scored due to an error by the Gators. Mangham closed the gap to 8-7 with two runs in the sixth. DCS scored in their half to make the score final score 9-7.
Josh Wilson and Todd Duchesne were on the mound for Mangham and Hunter Simms pitched the entire game for Delhi Charter (10-8, 1-2). The district winner will be determined next week with Oak Grove (11-11, 1-1) traveling to both Delhi Charter and Mangham.
Mangham defeats Cedar Creek
Mangham (21-6) downed Cedar Creek (10-11) of Ruston 10-5 in a 1A non-district matchup Saturday afternoon in Mangham. Josh Wilson paced an 11 hit Dragon attack with 3 doubles and 3 RBI's. The Dragons, trailing 2-0, rallied for five runs in the bottom of the third inning to take a lead that they would never relinquish. Jason Jarrett drew a walk to open the inning and Alex Smart followed that with a single to right field. Alan Williams walked to load the bases and Karl Wiggers' ground ball to third forced Jarrett at the plate. The Dragons caught a break when Tyler Everitt's ground ball was misplayed allowing a run to score and Jeb Bryan then singled in another run to tie the game. Wilson then doubled off the right centerfield wall to drive in two runs to extend Mangham's lead to 4-2. Todd Duchesne then hit a fly ball to the wall in center field to score Bryan. In the fifth, Mangham scored three more runs on singles by Bryan, Billy Johnston and Jarrett. In the sixth, Wiggers scored on a sacrifice and Wilson drove in Everitt with his third double of the day.
Alan Williams (10-1) pitched six innings to record the win. He struck out 9 Cougars and gave up three earned runs and five hits. Wilson came on to pitch the seventh and allowed two unearned runs and gave up one hit.
OMangham plays for the undisputed district title against Oak Grove at home on Thursday. On Saturday, the Dragons travel to Monroe and face OCS.