Lufkin softball clinches first-ever district title in undefeated fashion

Lufkin softball clinches first-ever district title in undefeated fashion

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Lufkin softball team has been nothing short of unstoppable this season, and losing is not something they've felt much of this year.

They're 24-3 and haven't lost a game since the first week of March.

In district, no school had even scored a run on the Lady Pack until over halfway through their district season.

"We started playing and we started doing really well, and we were like, 'Yes we got this,'" said senior pitcher Alexsandra Flores.

The girls now have their first-ever district title to prove it, finishing with a perfect 12-0 record.

"Going undefeated is something we've never done before so we're excited and it's definitely giving us confidence which we will need for playoffs to make a deep run," said senior outfielder Lindsey Akridge.

Head coach Heather Slaton has spent seven years with the program. She started six of the nine seniors on varsity when they were just freshmen, and even she has seen something different with the squad this year.

"The one thing that I see different this year from these kids is they really want it," said Slaton. "They got the maturity now, got the confidence, and they put the work into it."

Flores has stepped on the mound and been a reliable piece to Lufkin's puzzle this year. The junior has tallied over 120 strikeouts in district alone.

"That number is unheard of. People don't hear that when you're only playing 12 games," said Slaton. "She's really the MVP of this league."

With playoffs just around the corner, the girls admit they got some recent confidence from the boys soccer state championship season.

"It definitely encouraged us. We were talking about it on the way home. We were like, 'We want to be there. We want to experience that,'" said Flores.

"This is real now. The possibility of us going to state and possibly of having a state championship is very realistic," said senior catcher Rachel Hill. "I think the more we work for it and the more we go for it, the dream is becoming a reality and it's a great feeling."

The Lady Pack have the No. 1 seed entering playoffs. They will play a No. 4 seed which will either Longview or Marshall next week.

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