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Douglass Indians come home to celebration after clinching state title

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DOUGLASS, TX (KTRE) -

The Douglass Indians are all smiles after their baseball team won their very first state championship title.

The baseball team dominated at the state tournament, beating Dawson in the semifinals 9-0, then run ruling Flatonia in five innings to win the state final 10-0.

"We are so proud of these boys. They are just like mine. I have known them from kindergarten all the way up to when they graduated, and it is such a wonderful feeling,"Carolin Scroggins, a Douglass Baseball Fan.

However, this win didn't come overnight.

For the past three years the Douglass baseball team has been pushed out of the state regional finals by their rival Carlisle. The team says their victory over Carlisle is the best part of winning the championship.

"I know one thing, it is pretty great to beat Carlisle just to be honest. It's amazing. It was years in the making. Coach Lafitte got us ready, and we just showed up and played." Matthew Wallace, a senior pitcher who was named the MVP at the state finals. 

"They had a challenge ahead of them, they knew what they wanted, and they went and got it" Eugene Lafitte, the Douglass head baseball coach.

Going into the season the Douglass Indians were ranked number one in the state and the team managed to exceed the expectations that came along with being one of the best.

The Indians went 33-1 this season, and had 40 consecutive scoreless innings to wrap up their state championship season.

"When you are going in being ranked number one in the preseason, you have a shot," said Wallace. "In the journey we just had to keep playing, and keep progressing the best that we could, and do our jobs to fill our roles. It worked out in the end I guess."

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