Varsity Baseball Finishes Season at State Semifinals

The Broncos played against the Friendswood Mustangs in the 5A State Semifinals after a win against Aledo on June 4. The Broncos lost, 4-2.

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Landri Hargrove

Senior Andrew Taylor catches the ball in the state semifinal game against the Friendswood Mustangs. The Broncos fell short, losing 4-2.

There’s something special about the rattle of noisemakers, lively cheers of fans and rhythmic chants that fill the stadium under the heat of the Texas sun. After a 32-9 overall season and a first state championship appearance, the varsity baseball team ended their season with a 4-2 loss against the Friendswood Mustangs in the state semifinal game June 9 at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. 

Coach Christopher McMullen led the team to the state competition, a first for Legacy and any Mansfield ISD baseball team. As a coach for 11 years, seven at Legacy, Coach McMullen focused on creating a winning team and a group that was coachable and committed to being the best for themselves.

“We have very talented players. The [players] respond to coaching. They’re not getting any sympathy at home and they have to respond on the field,” Coach McMullen said. “It makes for a special group of players.”

The 29-7-1 Mustangs scored three runs in the first inning. Legacy didn’t respond until the fourth inning when Luke DeVasher hit a single to left field bringing in Legacy’s only two runs. Blake Julius pitched five innings giving up two earned runs on six hits and struck out three. 

“I think [the loss] is fuel for the underclassmen, the juniors and sophomores coming in, to never stop playing and to fight hard,” junior Diego Roldan said.

Fans celebrate two runs scored by the Broncos. Fans traveled several hours to support the Broncos in a district and a school-first trip to the state playoffs for baseball. (Landri Hargrove)

Though the team did not advance to the championship game, the players continue to look to the future of the program and upcoming players. The program graduated 12 seniors this year, leaving a large gap for underclassmen to take the lead next season.

“I think our juniors and sophomores and freshmen are super talented,” Roldan said. “I think if we just keep working we have a chance of going all the way again.”

Athletic Director Jeff Hulme said the baseball team’s journey to state will continue to inspire other teams at Legacy.

“It was a historic season and one that will challenge all the other Legacy programs to reach for,” Coach Hulme said. “This is a great thing for next season because of the excitement it generates – Legacy athletics will be better because of [this] team.”

With the move to 6A, next season offers more competition and will require the same grit and determination the team showed this season. Despite this season’s ending, Coach McMullen knows his players have learned many valuable lessons, on and off the field. 

“No one writes the ending to your script but you,” Coach McMullen said about his team’s post-season play. “Don’t let anyone tell you what you can and can’t do. Don’t let anyone else limit you. It’s your life, your script. You write the ending.”