ALEDO – Aledo softball head coach Jeff Lemons is the guy who got the tattoo after his team won state last year — it’s the final score from the championship game, 10-to-3.
If Aledo wins another state championship this weekend, Lemons won’t get another tattoo.
“Rumor is, I’ll be jumping out of an airplane,” he said.
To give himself the best chance to win another title (and then jump out of an airplane), Coach Lemons has a series of routines; he refuses to call them “superstitions.” His players do, too.
“I get a haircut the day before the season starts, and then I don’t get a haircut again until the season’s over,” Lemons said.
“We will touch Mary’s ponytail, which is for good luck,” said Rhylie Makawe, Aledo’s 2nd baseman and last year’s 4A tournament MVP.
“The ponytail,” said pitcher Lauren Craine. “We’ll rub Chickie’s belly.”
“I wear black, flannel-lined wind pants,” Lemons said.
He wears those pants for every single game. When Aledo won state last year, Lemons wore those pants. It was 90 degrees in Austin that day.
“Two years ago at state, I didn’t want to look like this at the state tournament,” Lemons said. “So I wore shorts and got a haircut and we lost in the semi-finals.”
This Aledo team has everything. They have playoff experiences — this is their third trip in a row to the state tournament. They obviously have talent, they probably have too many superstitions. And they have a fan base that is second to none.
“Our fans, they are so loud and crazy, and I feel like we just feed off that,” Craine said.
Those fans would love to see another state title … and a coach jumping from an airplane.
“Put a GoPro on my head,” Lemons said, “and I’m going to carry a sign with the score.”