LUFKIN — Lufkin's Panthers stayed in sole possession of first place in the District 16-5A standings following a 6-2 win over Jacksonville Tuesday night at Morris Frank Park.
The Panthers improved to 15-2 overall, 6-0 in conference, while the Tribe slipped to 4-9, 1-5.
Jacksonville spotted Lufkin a 5-0 lead after four innings of play before getting on the board by scoring two men in the top of the fifth.
The Panthers countered by adding another run in the bottom half of the frame.
The Tribe was held to three hits in the game, with Mason Smith collecting two safeties and Cash Cleaver garnering the remaining base hit.
Cleaver drove in both of the Indians' runs.
Bradley Triplett and Jacob Tucker scored for Jacksonville.
Bryce Cundieff and Cleaver handled the pitching chores for the visitors, with each going three innings, respectively.
Cundieff allowed five runs, four earned on three hits. He walked five and fanned three.
Cleaver permitted one Lufkin run, which was of the earned variety, on just one hit. He walked one and struck out three.
The Indians will return to action next Tuesday when they welcome Corsicana to town.