Tuesday at the ball park: Alto’s emotional senior night, Diboll softball clinches district

Tuesday at the ball park: Alto’s emotional senior night, Diboll softball clinches district

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - It wasn’t Jacket Field, but Jaycees field was the next best thing for 17 teenagers from Alto.

The Alto Yellow Jackets baseball team held Senior Night for their one graduating senior on the team, Lane Jackson, at SFA, just days after the town was damaged by two tornadoes, SFA made the night possible by volunteering their field for Alto.

“It is unfortunate that disasters have to happen for people to come together but one of the things I have preached all year is play together,” Alto head coach Steve Villani said. "We have always had that mentality. The tornado happened and we just keep rolling. "

With their home field suffering damage the team had not practiced until earlier in the day at SFA. Many of the players have been focused on helping their teammates, friends and family.

“We were lucky that everything was north of us,” senior Lane Jackson said. “I have some teammates that have lost their homes and had damage. The last three days we have worked our butts off helping them and get back to a normal life.”

The game did not go Alto’s way with Douglass winning 13-0. Still the sight of green grass and stands full of smiling faces was a welcomed sight.

“It means the world to be able to come out and play the game I love with the people I love,” Jackson said.

On the softball side, Diboll clinched their district title in front of competitive Central and Corrigan. the Ladyjacks beat Hemphill 8-1 to secure a 1 seed in the bi-district round of the playoffs. Kayla Palomino led the team in the circle with 12 strikeouts and two home runs at the plate. She was joined by Hailey Fuentes and Haven Hardy who also each had one home run a piece.

Softball Scores:

Huntington 3, Center 2

Woden 15, Broaddus 0

Baseball Scores:

Lufkin 16, Pine Tree 5

Central 7, Woodville 4

Central Heights 17, Corrigan 4

Huntington 4, Center 2

Garrison 7, Gary 4

Douglass 13, Alto 0

Shelbyville 22, Joaquin 2

To help the victims of these storms, click here to donate to either the American Red Cross or the East Texas Food Bank. Both agencies are working daily in these storm-impacted areas of East Texas.

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