With members of last year’s Little League World Series United States Champions from Lufkin playing just a few fields away, two new teams were vying for their chance to continue on the road to the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Richie Klosek hit a two-run home run, and Kaleb Rook and Carter Pitts combined on a shutout as Post Oak defeated Port Neches 2-0 in the Little League Majors Texas East State Tournament Championship Tuesday night at Randy Womble Field at Faulkner Park.
The win qualifies Post Oak for the Southwest Regional in Waco for the first time in its 61-year history. The winner of the Southwest Regional will advance to the Little League World Series.
“I’m extremely proud,” Post Oak manager David Rook said. “This is the first time Post Oak has advanced at the 12-year-old level.”
The game’s only runs came in the top of the third inning with a two-run home run by Kolsek after a leadoff walk by Ryan Selvaggi. Selvaggi went 3-for-3, and he and Kolsek both reached base all four times.
Rook pitched the first two innings and allowed two hits with four strikeouts. Pitts pitched the final four innings and struck out eight batters.
Post Oak went 3-0 in the tournament, defeating Port Neches (11-1) and Lamar (7-0) before Tuesday’s victory.