Lufkin Hudson’s Kelsee Selman Caps High School Career with Second Championship Game MVP
AUSTIN — Kelsee Selman will enroll at LSU in the fall. She’s bringing two state championships with her.
Lufkin Hudson’s star pitcher capped her stellar high school career with her second consecutive championship game Most Valuable Player award in the Lady Hornets’ 12-9 win over Mineola on Saturday in the Class 3A state final.
“It’s really special to me,” Selman said. “The only way I’m doing that is with God; God’s been with me this whole time and I couldn’t have done it without Him. Everything I’ve done has been for Him and because He’s been there for me. I couldn’t be more thankful.”
But it was almost a nightmare finish for Selman. Mineola scored seven runs — all with two outs — in the bottom of the seventh and brought the potential winning run to the plate before Selman (33-5) and Hudson finished the job.
“I got concerned, but then again, I wasn’t really worried,” she said. “I knew that God would be with us the whole time. I trusted Him that He would gets us through that last inning.”
The numbers didn’t end up looking pretty — nine runs on 11 hits — but it was enough Saturday.
“We knew Kelsee wasn’t 100 percent, she’s been hurting a little bit,” said Hudson coach Jimmy Eby. “Kelsee put us on her shoulders.”
Eby said Selman hurt her lower back early in the season, before tearing a toenail during the playoffs.
“She hurt her left lower back in the second tournament of the year, and she fought through that all year,” he said. “And in the regional semifinals against Sweeny, she tore her right toenail pitching. In the regional finals, she was overcompensating and she hurt lower back on her right side.”
Selman allowed five runs in the Thursday’s semifinal win over Burkburnett, but seemed to turn the corner early on against Mineola.
She struck out the side on just nine pitches in the opening inning, and threw 11 straight strikes to open the game. Through 6 2/3 innings, she allowed a potent Mineola lineup averaging more than 11 runs in the playoffs to just two runs on five hits.
“One word: competitor,” Eby said of Selman. “She was 40 percent last week in the regional finals and she got us through it. And she’s probably only about 80 percent right now. She’s a fighter, and she’s a champion.”