HOUSTON – Before the baseball season began, the Lamar Texans were getting no love, not a preseason ranking in sight.
"People outside of the dugout thought that maybe we wouldn't be very competitive," Texans head coach David Munoz said.
"But everybody in the dugout, we knew what we had and it's come together well. I'm proud of the kids."
Strong team chemistry helped propel the team get off to a great start.
"We just have a ton of fun together, which I think is one of the main reasons we've done so well this year," first baseman Owen Holt said.
"I think it's because we're all really good friends on and off the field," shortstop Cameron Gibbons said about why things have come together so well this season.
"We're all really close, we all know each other well," he added.
Their strong early season play changed opinions, obviously.
"It's kind of like nobody anticipated us coming out and being strong like we are," catcher Harrison Burks said. "I think it was our move to show everybody what we're made of."
Losing eight seniors, four of them to division I programs, was no setback for the Texans, this year's team put together an undefeated district season.
Now they are the number one ranked team in the state.
"It's been a blast, we don't want it to end obviously," Munoz said. "We want to keep going as far as we can. We're preparing to win, we're not taking anyone lightly, we know you have to go out there and play the game, but the kids so far have answered the bell every time we're on the field."
"He preaches 'Don't walk off the field with any regrets' and that's what we're trying to do," Holt said.
Lamar faces Ridge Point in a best-of-three series in the area round of the 6A playoffs beginning Thursday at 7pm at Ridge Point high school.