The season’s long grind is winding down for both the Angelina College baseball and softball teams, with both groups wrapping up the regular season this weekend.
Thankfully for both, the Lady Roadrunners and Roadrunners already have qualified for the post-season.
The No. 14 Lady Roadrunners, with a season record of 36-8, 21-5 have locked down the second seed in the Region XIV East Zone. AC’s ladies will host third-place Bossier Parish Community College on Sunday, with rains forcing the doubleheader to take place at Hudson High School in Lufkin.
The Region XIV conference tournament will kick off on Friday, May 11 at Angelina College. The tourney will run through Monday, May 13, with two teams playing for the chance to enter the national tournament taking place starting May 22 in St. George, Utah starting.
The Roadrunner baseball squad (29-18, 14-13) also has clinched a spot in the upcoming conference tournament, but the team’s seeding still remains up in the air. AC will host Paris College in a three-game series starting on Sunday. A doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. will take place at Hudson High School; the teams will wrap up the series on Monday with a single game tentatively scheduled to start at 1 p.m.
Having locked in a post-season berth, the ‘Runners are hoping to improve their position with wins over Paris. AC currently is tied for third in the East Zone with Bossier Parish, three games behind second-place Panola College; depending on the series’ outcome, the Roadrunners could finish as either the No. 3 or No. 4 seed in the conference tournament taking place next weekend at Lamar University in Beaumont. With Panola facing BPCC Sunday and Monday, the possibility exists of a three-way tie record-wise for that second seed.
Prior to Sunday’s first game, the Roadrunner baseball team will honor its sophomores in a Sophomore Day ceremony.
Sports Information Director Gary Stallard, who also serves as a Liberal Arts Instructor, begins his eleventh season with Angelina College. Following a career as a U.S. Marine, Stallard completed his bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin University, where he majored in English and Journalism. For more than 16 years, he has worked as a sports writer/columnist/photographer for the Lufkin Daily News; he continues to contribute free-lance articles on occasion. Stallard has won several awards for writing, including the Golden Hoops Award for basketball writing in 2003, Regional Sports Writer of the Year in 2004, and the Texas Press Association’s first-place award for column writing in 2007 and in 2014. He has also done basketball, football and baseball radio and live streaming play-by- play and color commentary for an ESPN affiliate. Currently Stallard serves as play-by-play broadcaster for AC basketball, baseball and softball games.
Prior to arriving at Angelina College, Stallard taught English at Lufkin High School for four years. He currently teaches Developmental Writing classes at AC. He and his wife Susan live in Lufkin.
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