Odette Lopez

Hudson’s Odette Lopez fires a pitch to the plate during bi-district playoff in Hudson earlier this season. Lopez will be among those competing in Saturday’s all-star game.

When it comes to softball, East Texas doesn’t take a backseat to anyone. With that in mind, softball players from across the area will get the chance to compete at the high school level one final time as the East Texas Senior Softball All-Star Game will be held at Hudson High School on Saturday night.

The game features the Angelina County All-Stars against the non-Angelina County team. Nineteen players from 10 different schools will be represented at the event.

The Angelina County team will have plenty of familiar faces for local softball fans as players from Hudson, Central, Huntington, Lufkin and Diboll will be represented.

Members of the team are Hudson’s Campbell Selman, Odette Lopez, Amzee Gerard, Natalie Clifton and Hannah Blackwell, Central’s Bailey Ortiz, Huntington’s Jenna Flournoy, Lufkin’s Leah Akridge and Lexi Ramirez and Diboll’s Haven Hardy.

Coaches are Central’s Kurtis Acosta, Huntington’s Crystal Massey, Hudson’s Wes Capps and Lufkin’s Ashley Martin. Railey Brown is the honorary all-star for Angelina County.

The Non-Angelina County team features Grapeland’s Diamond Dunn and Haylee Reed, Cushing’s Kathryn Carpenter, Douglass’ Sarah Lowery, Woodville’s Koral Sylestine and Kaitlyn Odom, West Sabine’s Hannah Spring and Harlee Franklin and Mallory Stout.

Woden’s Reese Taylor and Amber Allen and Douglass’ Peyton White were elected for the game but won’t participate.

The team is coached by Corrigan-Camden’s Michael Scoggin, Trinity’s Shaun Stout and Central Heights’ Kelli McClendon

In addition to giving softball fans another chance to see the upcoming collegians in action, the game will also help raise money for the 22Q Foundation.

22Q is a disorder caused by a small missing piece of the 22nd chromosome, which can affect every system in the human body.

Many affected by the disease are more highly susceptible to mental health disorders along with low immunities and speech delays.

This will be the second year in which the game has been played with area coaches leading the efforts in providing a final showcase for local seniors.

In last season’s game, Central’s Carmen Acosta was the MVP in leading the Red Team to a 2-1 win over the Blue Team. Funds from that game went to the American Cancer Society.

The game is sponsored by East Texas Sports’ Steve Hall and All-American Athletics’ Jason Burton.

The game is set for a 7 p.m. start and cost is $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Josh Havard’s email address is

josh.havard@lufkindailynews.com.