LUFKIN KTRE- Lufkin Panthers baseball team is back in full swing on the diamond coming off the first action of the season going 3-2 over this past weekend. They will be looking to make another post season push towards the state title. Lufkin lost in the 5A finals 12-7 to El Paso Socorro. No added pressure after making it to the championship game last season.
"I don't think their is a lot of pressure. The kids love coming out every day and working and making the people of Lufkin proud of the organization and want to work hard to do that, Coach Clay Berry said."
The leaders of the team know what it takes to get back to that stage and the hard work is going to be tough but well worth it.
"We fell a little short and we have to work harder to get to that final step like we did last year, senior outfielder Carrington Byndom said."
The tournament in Bryan/College Station last weekend showed the kids that they can't come out lackadaisical.
"All of our seniors know what we have to do to win. We should have come back home 5-0 but we weren't ready, senior Luis Dejesus said."
With a mix of new faces with familiar faces the Panthers should be ready to pounce their way to district title and beyond. First they will play this weekend at the Clear Creek tournament for their second tourney of the early 2010 season. Lufkin will host the Pete Runnells tourney March 11th-13th.