Mangum and his teammates defeated Madison-Ridgeland Academy 12-2 and 7-5 to win their second straight MAIS Academy AAA D-I state championship title. Mangum had two doubles in the championship game-winner.
Just a junior, Mangum hopes to continue putting up more wins for Jackson Prep prior to moving on to play ball for Mississippi State.
"Right now, I'm at Jackson Prep trying to win every game with these guys," he said. "I grew up with all these guys; we are a family. But I am extremely excited about playing at Mississippi State."
Like with his Jackson Prep teammates, he and the Mississippi State class of 2015 are like brothers.
"Everybody that is in my signing class (2015), we are like brothers," said Mangum. "I know all of those guys personally. I played summer ball with everybody on the 2015 commitment list. We all keep up with each other. I talk to each one of them almost everyday. I talk to the Desoto Central guys (Austin Riley, Keegan James, Brant Blaylock) all the time. And Luke Alexander is one of my best friends."
He also does his best to keep up with his other future teammates at Mississippi State.
"I keep up with Mississippi State and I try to go up there as much as I possibly can," said Mangum. "(Of the MSU coaches) I talk to (MSU assistant) Coach (Nick) Mingione the most. We talk about how I am doing, what is going on in my life, and how the State program is doing."
Mangum explained what Mississippi State fans will see from him as a position player and pitcher once he is at Mississippi State.
"When I'm at the plate I'm trying to stay inside of the ball," said Mangum. "When I'm on the bases, I want to mess up the pitcher's timing, get an extra base if I can and get in scoring position. On defense, I go off of whomever is pitching. And before the game I look at the opposing team's lineup and try to figure out what it looks like. I try to play to what each hitter does.
"(When I'm on the mound) I just try to get people out, throw strikes, change speed. I try to get a lot of movement on the ball and interact with the hitter's timing, as long as I can keep them guessing, that is the main thing."
This season, Mangum batted .457 with 17 RBI, 9 doubles, 2 triples and 1 home run. He struck out 2 times in 116 total at-bats. He also stole 16 bases in 16 attempts. Pitching-wise, Mangum, who throws his fastball in the high 80s to low 90s, was 4-1 with 1 save and a 2.25 ERA. He struck out 36, giving up 11 hits and walking 9 in 18.2 innings.
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