Taylor, MI - In what was a close and nail-biting game the Lufkin All-Stars would fall short to Chinese Taipei, the defending Junior League World Champions.
The All-Stars from the Pineywoods battled Chinese Taipei less than 24 hours after beating California in the U.S. Championship game. Chinese Taipei entered the game after run-ruling Mexico in the International Championship.
In the first inning of the heavyweight showdown both teams got a runner on base but both teams left the runner stranded.
Lufkin's Christian Mumphrey got into scoring position on a double but a Charlie Deaton strike out ended the top of the 2nd.
In the third, the Asia- Pacific Champions started to threaten as Lufkin found themselves with the bases loaded. Bebo Hinojosa stayed calm on the mound with just one out. A hit to Hunter Ditsworth at third would get the force out at home and then a line drive to Sam Flores got Lufkin out of the inning.
Chinese Taipei scored first when they got an RBI base hit in the 4th and then in the 5th added one more with a home run by Kuan Huang to open the game up to a 2-0 lead.
Lufkin pushed to tie the game in their last frame with Mark Requena and Deaton getting base hits. Down to their final out with a full count Chip Buchanan was able to get a base hit to load the bases and bring on a pitching change.
The threat though would vanish after a ground out at the next at bat by Cameron Jackson as Chinese Taipei would claim their 6th straight Junior League World Series.
The end of the game brings an exciting two summers to an end that saw two different Lufkin-All Star teams take the world stage at the Little League World Series and the Junior League World Series. In the two seasons, the Thundering 13 and Fierce 14s were able to bring home two U,S. Championships. It would be hard to argue that there had been a better youth baseball team to come out of Angelina County than these two teams.