The Texas UIL High school baseball and softball playoffs are just around the corner and many teams from the Deep East Texas area are having outstanding seasons. Quite a few teams are getting recognized in the state rankings.

Diamond Pro/Texas High School Baseball Top 25

Every Monday, posts its top 25 for the various conferences in the Lone Star State. Here's a look at those Pineywoods area baseball teams that are currently ranked in the top 25.

Class 5A

  • Lufkin - The Panthers are ranked #19 in the state. Lufkin is 19-6 on the year and at the top of District 16-5A with an 11-1 mark. Lufkin has 3 more district games to play, two of those against second-place Kingwood Park.

Class 4A

  • Hudson - The Hornets are ranked #11 in the state. Hudson is 20-5-1 on the year and they sit atop District 18-4A with a 7-1 record. The Hornets have two more district games on the season, one against the 16th-ranked Bullard Panthers, who currently are 6-2 in district play.
  • Carthage - The Bulldogs are ranked #20 in the state. Carthage is 16-8-2 on the year, and currently in 2nd place in their district with a record of 10-2.

Class 3A

  • Central Heights - The Blue Devils have been dominant over the past few years and 2024 is no exception. They are ranked number 5 in the state. Central Heights is 24-1 on the season, and a perfect 11-0 in district play.
  • Diboll - The Lumberjacks are 23-2 on the year and 10-1 in district. The 14th ranked 'Jacks have a big district showdown next week with Central Heights.

Class 2A/A

  • Garrison - The Bulldogs are ranked #4 in the latest poll which was released on Monday. Garrison is 19-7-2 on the year and 9-1 in district play. But, that one district loss was against Shelbyville on on...
  • Shelbyville - The Dragons are ranked #21, however, that was before they defeated Garrison. These two teams will match up again on April 19 with a district title on the line.
  • Groveton - The Indians are 19-5 on the year and 6-0 in district. Groveton is ranked #7 in the state.

Texas Girls Coaches Association State Softball Poll

Class 3A

  • Coldspring-Oakhurst - The 5th-ranked Lady Trojans are 21-3 on the year and 12-1 in district. However, that district loss occurred on Tuesday to the Lady Owls of Anderson-Shiro. The Lady Trojans, Lady Owls, and Lady Pirates of Shepherd are all very good teams and could make a run at the district championship.
  • Huntington - The Devilettes are 18-4 on the year and district champs with a mark of 11-1. District 21-3A is stacked with great teams. Central and Diboll are playoff-bound and both those teams could make deep runs.

Class 2A/A

  • Groveton - The Lady Indians are district champs and 22-4-1 on the year.  They are ranked #5 in the state.
  • Brookeland - The Lady Cats are 16-3 on the year and champs of District 23-A
  • Latexo - The Lady Tigers have a record 20-10 and are ranked #24 in the state.

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