In his team’s final non-conference game before league play begins on Thursday, Angelina College head coach Jeff Livin made sure he got looks at plenty of players, especially his young pitching staff.
The team held up well, hanging tough against Alvin College before the Dolphins posted a five-run eighth inning on their way to a 10-4 run over the ‘Runners Tuesday at Roadrunner Field.
Livin used eight pitchers in the game, with Cody Cash, Clayton Hill and Brett Rodgers tossing scoreless innings.
The Dolphins’ Ryan Benevidez drove in four runs with three hits, including a three-run homer. Alan Campero’s three-run shot was part of Alvin’s five-run eighth.
Tucker Redden, Evian Benjamin and Jacob Finke each drove in a run for the Roadrunners.
AC will host its conference opener against Navarro College on Thursday. The single, nine-inning game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start.
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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