Class 3A

State Championship

Mineola Lady Jackets (31-8)

vs.

Lufkin Hudson Lady Hornets (37-7-1)

10 a.m. Saturday (June 1), Red & Charline McCombs Field, Austin

 

How they got here

Mineola

  • Bi-District: def. Spring Hill 2-0 in series (W 8-1, W 19-2)
  • Area: def. Crandall 2-0 in series (W 18-1, W 10-3)
  • Region II quarterfinals: def. Henderson 2-1 in series (L 5-3, W 7-4, W 3-2)
  • Region II semifinals: def. Frisco Lone Star 2-0 in series (W 11-1, W 7-0)
  • Region II finals: def. Van 2-0 in series (W 11-6, W 14-6)
  • State semifinal: def. La Grange, 7-1

 

Lufkin Hudson

  • Bi-District: def. Groesbeck 2-0 in series (W 10-1, W 10-0)
  • Area: def. Lorena 2-0 in series (W 2-0, W 3-2)
  • Region III quarterfinals: def. Robinson 2-1 in series (L 2-1, W 10-0, W 8-4)
  • Region III semifinals: def. Sweeny 2-0 in series (W 4-1, W 2-0)
  • Region III finals: def. West Columbia 2-0 in series (W 2-0, W 3-2)
  • State semifinal: def. Burkburnett, 9-5

 

Mineola center fielder Ali Galaz gets the ball back into the infield after a La Grange single in a Class 3A state semifinal Thursday in Austin. Galaz’s first-inning grand slam was one of her three hits in a 7-1 win against La Grange. (Travis Harsch, ETSN.fm)

 

Probable starting lineups

Mineola (semifinal stats in parenthesis)

  • 1. Britney Johnson, SS, Sr. (2-for-4)
  • 2. Rikkilyn Hass, P, Jr. (2-for-4)
  • 3. Marisa Ledkins, 2B, Sr. (0-for-4)
  • 4. Morgan Catron, C, Jr. (2-for-4, 2B, 2 R)
  • 5. Jade "Sister" Green, 3B, Soph. (0-for-2, BB, R
  • 6. Ali Galaz, CF, Sr. (3-for-4, HR, 2B, 5 RBIs, 3 R)
  • 7. Manda Wilmoth, LF, Soph. (3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBIs)
  • 8. Maddie Wood, 1B, Sr. (0-for-4)
  • 9. Kassy Skinner, RF, Soph. (0-for-1)

 

Lufkin Hudson (semifinal stats in parenthesis)

  • 1. Alyssa Pierce, CF, Fr. (0-for-4)
  • 2. Cassidy Brasuell, 2B, Sr. (0-for-4, BB, R)
  • 3. Kelsee Selman, P, Sr. (2-for-4, HR, RBI, R)
  • 4. Bryli Lee, SS, Soph. (2-for-3, HR, 3B, RBI, 2 R)
  • 5. KK Parker, RF, Jr. (2-for-4, RBI, 2 R)
  • 6. Alyssa Dotson, 1B, Sr. (0-for-2, 2 BB, R)
  • 7. Madison Jeffrey, DP, Soph. (1-for-4, 2 RBI, R)
  • 8. Ashley Davis, C, Jr. (1-for-4, RBI)
  • 9. Madison Selman, LF, Jr. (2-for-4, RBI)

 

Probable starting pitchers

Mineola (semifinal stats in parenthesis)

  • Rikkilyn Hass, RHP, Jr. (7.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K -- 88 pitches)

 

Lufkin Hudson (semifinal stats in parenthesis)

  • Kelsee Selman, RHP, Sr. (7.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 8 K -- 134 pitches)

 

Lufkin Hudson’s Kelsee Selman delivers to the plate in a Class 3A state semifinal Thursday in Austin. The Lady Hornets defeated Burkburnett 9-5 as Selman struck out eight and also homered. (Travis Harsch, ETSN.fm)

 

Quoteworthy
  • Mineola senior outfielder Ali Galaz on playing for a state championship: “It is so awesome. The girls that weren’t even here last year, they have the drive for us to go even further. And it’s just awesome to have girls that are so hungry.”
  • Mineola coach Jana Nance on junior pitcher Rikkilyn Hass, who was called for several illegal pitches in the Lady Jackets' semifinal win: “She said, ‘I can’t do anything else, coach.’ And I said, ‘well then, pitch your game.’ There was sometimes I could see it, but I think that’s just part of pitching. Whenever you’re using your power with your legs, every pitcher does that. I know that they’re going to be paying attention to that kinda stuff, we’re just going to have to fix it.”
  • Lufkin Hudson coach Jimmy Eby on his state championship game opponent: “They’re good, I mean everybody’s good here. We’ve got a shot.”
  • Eby on his team's offense, which scored nine runs in their semifinal win after averaging five runs per game in the playoffs: “We swing the bats pretty good, we’ve just got to get confidence. Once we get confidence, we can hit, we swing the bats pretty good.”

 

Did you know?
  • Lufkin Hudson scored seven runs in the final two innings Thursday against Burkburnett, which had not given up more than six runs in a game all season.
  • The Lady Hornets have scored a total of 12 runs in their seven losses this season. Five of their losses have been by one run.
  • Mineola, which competed in 2A the previous seasons, is the smallest of the four 3A teams that qualified for the state tournament with an enrollment of 453.
  • Three of the Lady Jackets' four seniors have signed to play softball in college -- Britney Johnson (Southern Arkansas), Ali Galaz (Texas Woman's University) and Marisa Ledkins (Kilgore College).

 

Mineola’s Britney Johnson waits for the throw as La Grange’s Brianna Ahlschlager slides into second in a Class 3A state semifinal Thursday in Austin. The Lady Jackets won 7-1 to advance to Saturday’s state championship against Lufkin Hudson. (Travis Harsch, ETSN.fm)