2012 East Texas Little League® Tournament Results
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Texas East State Tournament
Host - Rose Capital (Tyler)
At Randy Womble Field; Faulkner Park

Participating Teams
Texas East Section 1 Champions Lufkin (District 10)
Texas East Section 2 Champions ORWALL National (The Woodlands) (District 28)
Texas East Section 3 Champions Post Oak (Houston) (District 16)
Texas East Section 4 Champions Lamar National (Richmond) (District 18)

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Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
Lufkin 6, Post Oak 5
Lamar National 15, ORWALL National 6

Elimination Bracket Semifinal (four teams remain):
Post Oak 1, ORWALL National 0 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Final:
Lufkin 6, Lamar National 3

Elimination Bracket Final (three teams remain):
Lamar National 5, Post Oak 4 (elim.)

Championship Series:
Lamar National 6, Lufkin 5
Lufkin 10, Lamar National 8 (TITLE)


Summary:

The youth baseball program in Lufkin, Texas, changed its affiliation to Little League Baseball in December 2011.

It didn't take long for the new kids on the block to make a name for themselves.

Lufkin won eleven of its thirteen international tournament games against Texas East competition, and capped its return to the Little League Baseball family with a 10-8 victory over traditionally powerful Lamar National in the Texas East championship game at Randy Womble Field in Tyler. The victory propelled Lufkin into the Southwestern Region tournament in Waco, Texas, where the purple-clad newcomers reached the championship game and fell one game shy of the Little League World Series.

Lufkin slammed four home runs in the state tournament's final game, including three in a decisive five-run, fifth inning rally that came after Lamar National had erased an early 5-0 deficit and tied the score.

Dillon McDuffie sparked the Lufkin rally with a leadoff home run, and after two batters were retired, his team struck for four more runs. Kolton Eberlan slammed a two-run homer beyond the center field fence to extend Lufkin's lead to 8-5, and after an Ethan Jacobs walk, Tyler Torres capped the rally with a second two-run homer.

Lufkin built its early lead with runs in the game's first two innings. Dalton Thompson led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run, and Torres later added a double that plated Eberlan and Jacobs. Dart Freeland delivered a run-scoring single in the second, and Cory Lewis followed with an RBI double.

Even with the early offense, Lufkin stranded seven base runners in the first four innings, and Lamar began chipping away at the deficit. Shea Silva-Wynne's sacrifice fly produced the Richmond-based league's initial run in the third inning, and Connor Korczynski doubled in a second run in the fourth. In the fifth, Silva-Wynne slammed a leadoff home run and Amryn Jeffery added a two-run shot that enabled the District 18 champions to level the score.

Jacobs surrendered twelve hits to a powerful Lamar National lineup, including home runs to Bobby Luvender and Wesley Faison in a last-ditch sixth inning rally, but pitched into the sixth inning and earned the victory.

"This is just unbelievable," said Lufkin coach Shane McDuffie. "After losing last night, these guys just stayed in there and battled. I couldn't be happier for these kids."

Lufkin had defeated Lamar National, 6-3, when the teams met in the winner's bracket final, but Lamar earned a rematch and then forced the tournament to a deciding game with a 6-5 victory in the first championship series meeting. Jeffery paced the Lamar offense with a 3-for-3 effort, including a single, a two-run homer, and a leadoff double in the bottom of the sixth inning. Lamar eventually snapped a 5-5 tie in the inning when Cole McMillan's grounder was misplayed and Jeffery raced home from third with the winning run.

Lamar National, which reached the Little League World Series in 2003 and 2004, was making its seventh state tournament appearance in a ten-year span, and its fifth championship game appearance. In addition to the Nationals' success, Lamar American Little League won the Texas East title in 2008.

As a newly-chartered league following a long affiliation with another youth baseball program, Lufkin's tenure with Little League Baseball was much shorter, but the magnitude of the league's success in its inaugural tournament campaign was not lost on longtime Lufkin youth baseball volunteers.

"I've been coaching kids here in Lufkin for 27 years," said Lufkin coach Ed Berry. "And this is probably the biggest accomplishment we've had. For these kids to win a state title against this kind of competition is really something special. I bleed purple, and this is something the city of Lufkin can really be proud of."

Lufkin's youth baseball program was affiliated with Little League Baseball in the early days of the organization's presence in Texas, and reached a region championship game in 1953. But Lufkin later affiliated with Dizzy Dean Baseball, until the city's Parks and Recreation Department assumed operations of the league due to declining volunteer numbers in the Lufkin Youth Baseball Association and challenges with maintaining facilities. Among the organization's first moves was to affiliate the city's youth baseball program with Little League Baseball.

Lufkin passed several stiff challenges en route to the Texas East championship. The eventual state champions outlasted Rose Capital West Little League in a ten inning winner-take-all contest for the District 10 championship, and later needed to journey through the bottom bracket of the double-elimination Section 1 tournament with four consecutive victories following an opening game loss to Washington County Little League.

"We let the kids know, 'Guess what? You're beatable and you need to come ready to play,'" said Lufkin manager Richard Freeland of his message following the team's 6-4 loss to Washington County in the Section 1 opener. "We were a little flat. We hadn't seen a field in twelve days because of rain, and we didn't seem as ready to play as we should have been. But they didn't stay down at all."

Lufkin responded with double-digit wins in its next four games, and then earned victories in its first two state tournament contests. The team won all six of the potential elimination games it faced on the road to the Texas East title.

"We've honestly got no idea what to expect in Waco," said Shane McDuffie following the triumph over Lamar National in the tournament's final game. "That's nothing new because we've had to deal with that in all the tournaments. I know these kids will be ready to play."

Lufkin won two of its three pool games at the region tournament, and eliminated traditionally powerful South Lake Charles (Louisiana) Little League in the semifinal round before falling, 9-0, to Texas West champion McAllister Park National Little League in the championship game.

Follow Lufkin at the Southwestern Region Tournament -- Click here to view results.


Linescores:

  Championship Series Game 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Lamar National 0 0 1 1 3 3 8 - -
Lufkin 3 2 0 0 5 x 10 - -


2012 Texas East District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results:

District Champions
in Texas East Section 1
District Champions
in Texas East Section 2
D10 - Lufkin
D11 - Northwest (Austin)
D13 - Washington County (Brenham)
D30 - Elgin
D33 - Madisonville

Texas East Section 1 Tournament
Host - Washington County (Brenham) (District 13)
At Hohlt Park

Tournament Results:
1 - Washington County 12, Northwest 11
2 - Madisonville 12, Elgin 2
3 - Washington County 6, Lufkin 4
4 - Northwest 12, Elgin 2 (elim.)
6 - Lufkin 14, Northwest 4 (elim.)
5 - Madisonville 6, Washington County 2
7 - Lufkin 15, Washington County 0 (elim.)
8 - Lufkin 13, Madisonville 1
9 - Lufkin 12, Madisonville 0 (TITLE)

D12 - Jasper Youth Baseball
D17 - Pasadena Red
D28 - ORWALL National (The Woodlands)
D32 - Bridge City

Texas East Section 2 Tournament
Host - ORWALL (The Woodlands) (District 28)

Tournament Results:
1 - Bridge City 2, Jasper Youth Baseball 0
2 - ORWALL National 11, Pasadena Red 2
3 - ORWALL National 22, Bridge City 4
4 - Jasper Youth Baseball 11, Pasadena Red 5 (elim.)
5 - Bridge City 13, Jasper Youth Baseball 11 (elim.)
6 - ORWALL National 9, Bridge City 1 (TITLE)

District Champions
in Texas East Section 3
District Champions
in Texas East Section 4
D14 - League City National
D15 - Pearland White
D16 - Post Oak (Houston)
D25 - North Houston National

Texas East Section 3 Tournament
Host - Bayside Area (Seabrook) (District 14)

Tournament Results:
1 - Post Oak 13, North Houston National 0
2 - Pearland White 6, League City National 2
3 - League City National 18, North Houston National 6 (elim.)
4 - Post Oak 27, Pearland White 6
5 - Pearland White 6, League City National 5 (elim.)
6 - Post Oak 14, Pearland White 0 (TITLE)

D18 - Lamar National
D27 - Victoria Northeast
D29 - Ingleside
D31 - Seguin

Texas East Section 4 Tournament
Host - New Braunfels (District 31)

Tournament Results:
1 - Victoria Northeast 14, Ingleside 1
2 - Lamar National 12, Seguin 2 (5 innings)
3 - Lamar National 13, Victoria Northeast 0
4 - Seguin 19, Ingleside 2 (elim.)
5 - Seguin 12, Victoria Northeast 9 (elim.)
6 - Lamar National 13, Seguin 5 (TITLE)




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