Lufkin All-Stars stay undefeated at JLWS after shutting out Georgia 9-0
Taylor, MI - The Lufkin Junior All-Stars were able to continue their winning ways on Monday when they beat the Elbert County Little League All-Stars, which were representing the Southeast Region, at the 38th Junior League World Series in Taylor, Michigan.
Lufkin scored four of their seven runs on Sunday in the first inning, and that trend continued on Monday. With the bases loaded, Sam Flores hit a ball deep into centerfield for the sacrifice out, and Chip Buchanan came home to get the first run of the game.
With the bases still loaded and two outs, Christian Mumphrey connected on a pitch, and the deep ball went just out of the reach of the outfielder. It was a bases clearing double and that brought the score to 4-0.
"We were not worried at all after the first night, manager Oralio Flores said. "We just had to come out and play and we knew we would be okay."
Bebo Hinojosa took the mound for Lufkin today and in the first inning gave up one hit, and the Lufkin defense forced Georgia to strand two batters.
"He kept the ball down and in the strike zone and we got it done," Flores said. "It was a great game for Bebo. It was not a bad game at 9-0."
Lufkin had a chance to put more runs on the board in the third but Georgia's defense would hold and Lufkin stranded two runners in scoring position. In their half of the inning, thanks to some errors, Georgia looked to break the four-run lead, but with a runner on third, Georgia hit into a double play keeping the score 4-0 after three innings.
Lufkin was able to score one run in each of the 5th and 6th innings. They would not need anymore but put up three in the 7th and cruised to a 9-0 final.
Hinojosa picked up the win. He pitched seven innings and gave up three hits.
With the win, Lufkin moves to Wednesday and will face the winner of an elimination game tomorrow. Lufkin's game Wednesday will be at 7 p.m
"It is favorable to us," Flores said. "We don't have to use pitching. We get the kids to rest up so we are fresh. When we played in New Mexico we played early and did fine. We played at state at night. We have played at all times of day so we will be ready. We are prepared for the game."
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