LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The quest for a 6A title came down to the last game for the Lufkin Lady Pack.
Despite beating The Woodlands to end the first leg of district play, they had to win Friday night to lock up the district title. A loss to Montgomery prevented the team from a scenario where they could share the title.
Lufkin jumped out to a 7-1 lead through three innings, but the Lady Highlanders clawed their way back and scored the last eight runs to win 9-7. The team was picked to finish fourth in the district but would end up finishing second.
"In my eyes at the end of the day we are winners," Lufkin Coach Shelby Elkins said. "I understand the scoreboard doesn't reflect this. We went into district 12-6A chosen as a 4th place seed and came out splitting with the woodlands to receive second in district. LP made no errors tonight and out hit the Lady Highlanders"
The Lady Pack will face Rockwall Heath in Bi-district action next week. All games will be held at Whitehouse High School. Game 1 will be Thursday night at 8 pm. Game 2 will be Saturday at 2 pm followed by game 3 if needed.
"Every athlete has suffered through a tough loss at some point in his or her athletic career," Elkins said. "The only difference is in how well they deal with it. Of course, some losses are easier to bounce back from than others, but the potential to be swept up in the moment we cannot afford with playoffs around the corner."
The Central Lady Bulldogs knew they were in the playoffs with a bye on Friday night. The Lady Bulldogs will play Coldspring in the first round of the playoffs. Game 1 will be Thursday at Central starting at 6 pm. Game 2 will be Friday in Coldspring starting at 6 pm. If a game 3 is needed the two will meet up in Livingston on Saturday at 3 pm. Despite being off, Central played #2 Normangee in a warm up game and won 5-1.
The Center Lady Roughriders needed a win to get into the playoffs and they got just that with a 10-0 win over Tatum. Huntington beat Hudson 5-4 as well.
In baseball action, The Lufkin Panther may not be going to the playoffs but they played spoiler on Friday night to Oak Ridge who was looking to lock up their district title. The Pack won 4-3 on the road.
Groveton played an afternoon game in Wells and despite a few mental miscues in the 4th inning the Indians walked away with a 7-2 win.
In Houston County, Lovelady got a walk off win over Grapeland in an 11-10 win to force a district tie breaker. The two will meet up again on Wednesday night in Grapeland. The winner will then play Slocum. First pitch is set for 5:30 pm.
Hudson was also able to get the district sweep over Huntington winning 5-0. Central Heights beat Corrigan 7-3. The Blue Devils will play Woden on Saturday for a playoff warm up game.