Groveton going to state after 2 straight wins over Woden

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Groveton pulled off two straight wins over Woden Friday to make their first-ever appearance in the UIL baseball state playoffs.

After losing Thursday night to the Woden Eagles 5-1, the Indians won Game 2, 3-1 and Game 3, 11-7.

"We had to come together as a team. We knew what was on the line. We knew what was at stake. Coach said we had to face adversity. It was either we were going to handle it like a man or lay down and leave with an loss today," said Groveton third baseman Cody Fairchild. "My team played phenomenal. I couldn't ask for a better team. Woden is a great team and we're also a good team. We were the better team, it turned out to be."

The Indians are led by first-year head coach Wayne Williams.

"I've been telling them since day one that if they stick with me, if they believe in me, if they ride with me, I would get them to Austin. The thing is we kept fighting. We fought and we fought and at the end, we came out victorious. I'm just proud," said Williams.

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