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Team Preview: Lufkin


Tyler King
PBR Texas

The Texas high school season kicks off on February 24, the first day for regular season games. Most teams will begin practicing on January 31, getting their rosters set and finalizing their lineups.

Over the next several weeks, leading up to opening day, we will be rolling out team previews of high school teams all across the state and across all classifications, eventually launching our Preseason Power 25. 

We have been sending out our annual Preseason Questionnaire to coaches all across the state and as the responses flood in we will bring you a snapshot of what to expect along with top players and keys to success for that particular team. If you don’t see your team’s season preview make sure your head coach fills out his Preseason Questionnaire

Team: Lufkin
2019 Record: 20-11
Conference: 16-5A
Head Coach: John Cobb
Playoff Run: 1st Round
Returning Starters: 6
Returning Pitchers: 4

TOP PLAYERS

Name  State School Class Pos Commitment
A.J. Bonacci TX Lufkin 2020 IF/RHP Alvin CC
Brett Riggs TX Lufkin 2020 1B Uncommitted
Cy Murphy TX Lufkin 2020 RHP Angelina CC
Julio Flores TX Lufkin 2021 3B Uncommitted
Coby DeJesus TX Lufkin 2022 SS Houston


SEASON PREVIEW

In 2020, coach John Cobb returns talent all over the field. Coach Cobb has eight players returning from last season led by junior 3B Julio Flores who was district newcomer of the year in 2019. Also returning with all-district honors are senior IF/RHP A.J. Bonacci (committed to Alvin CC), senior 1B Brett Riggs, senior OF Nick Mosley, senior OF Tre Odom, senior RHP Cy Murphy (committed to Angelina CC), senior RHP Shaun Bowers and junior OF/LHP Spencer Alexander. Coach Cobb also expects contributions from a couple newcomers in sophomore SS Coby DeJesus (No. 51 in 2022 PBR Texas rankings, committed to Houston) and sophomore IF Hunter Ditsworth. 

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