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Class A baseball: Thomas makes first appearance at state baseball tournament

The Terriers open against No. 2-ranked Rattan at 1:30 p.m. on Palmer Field in Dolese Park
by Jacob Unruh Published: May 1, 2013
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Thomas senior Tyler Mannering knows what to expect in a high-pressure atmosphere.

He's played numerous games in the state tournament for football and basketball during his four years at the school, learning more and more each game.

Thursday, though, marks the first baseball state tournament appearance in school history for the Terriers, who open against Class A No. 2 Rattan at 1:30 p.m. on Palmer Field in Dolese Park.

Mannering, the team's right-handed ace, will be on the mound, but he is approaching it like the many other state tournament games he's played in other sports.

“You get the same type of jitters, but playing those (other) sports helps you,” Mannering said. “It's an important game, but (you try) not to take it too seriously; just play your game and don't let the jitters get to you.”

Thomas has a rich history in football, winning eight state titles between 1947 and 1969, which has continued through the years culminating in a quarterfinal finish last season.

It has also made 13 trips to the boys basketball state tournament, finishing as the runner-up twice and making the semifinals this past season.

Oddly, the success has never truly carried over to the baseball diamond, though there have been near misses with the Terriers falling one game shy the past two years.

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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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