Lufkin baseball opening playoffs against Marshall

Roadrunners TopNTCC In Series Opener (1)The Lufkin Panthers’ baseball team will renew an old rivalry when they open the playoffs against the Marshall Mavericks later this week.

The Panthers, the second-place team in District 16-5A, will take on 15-5A’s third-place Marshall Mavericks in a best-of-three series at Tyler’s Mike Carter Field.

The first game will be at 4:30 p.m. on Friday before the series resumes on Saturday afternoon at 1. A third game, if necessary, will be held 30 minutes after the conclusion of the second game.

Marshall has the look of a dangerous team after finishing in a second-place tie in District 15-5A with Hallsville.

The Mavericks had a playoff for the district’s second seed and led Hallsville 1-0 in the seventh inning on Tuesday night. However, Hallsville struck for two runs to earn the district’s second seed and drop Marshall in to third place.

Marshall has a 15-11 record on the season and finished 15-5A play. Texas High won the district with a 12-2 district record, leading Marshall and Hallsville. Pine Tree was the fourth place team in the district.

Lufkin is coming off a strong regular season in which it had an overall record of 19-7 and a district mark of 10-2 to place second in 16-5A.

It handed district-champion Corsicana (19-4, 11-1) its only loss in 16-5A play. Lindale was the third-place team, followed by Whitehouse.

In other first-round games between district teams, Whitehouse will face Texas High, Hallsville plays Lindale and Pine Tree will play Corsicana.

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