Lufkin Majors win 3-straight elimination games, heading to State Tournament

Lufkin Majors win 3-straight elimination games, heading to State Tournament
Published: Jul. 7, 2022 at 8:29 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 7, 2022 at 9:46 PM CDT
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BELLVILLE, Texas (KTRE) - The Lufkin Major All-Stars are heading back to the Texas East Tournament for the first time since 2017.

It was a tale of two-days for Lufkin and Columbus. On Tuesday, Lufkin lost 1-0 to Columbus, forcing the all-stars into the elimination bracket. After Lufkin beat Western Hills on Wednesday they got another shot against Columbus. Lufkin needed to win two games Thursday night.

In Game one, Lufkin controlled the game early and went on to a 8-2 win. Ace Horan had two home runs.

“Ace is a great kid and can hit the ball well,” coach Bud Maddux said. “Ace can hit and when he does it is going to go.”

Jase Dickerson pitched a complete game with eight strikeouts.

“Dickerson pitched such a great game,” Maddux said. “He kept them off the bases and we were able to get some hits and get those runs.”

Lufkin jumped out to a five nothing lead after the first inning of Game 2. The third inning saw nine runs cross the plate in the third inning. Lufkin would give up a run in the fourth inning but that was all with Lufkin getting the 16-1 victory. Hardy Brown was on the mound for all four innings and finished with five strikeouts.

“We preached to them after the first game that we had not won nothing yet and we needed to finish,” Maddux said. “We went out and swung the bat and Hardy pitched a good game. it was a team effort.”

The Lufkin Little League will now send a major all-star squad in the Texas East Tournament for the fourth time in program history. They will play in Tyler at Faulkner Park starting July 16 at 8 p.m. against the Section III Champion.

“There is no question that the Texas East State Tournament is a very tough tournament,” Maddux said. “The Houston team is always good. We are going back to practice Friday afternoon to get ready to get there. We will get the machine set to throw some curve balls and working on defense. Bunt coverage needs some work.”

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