The weather may have pushed everything back for a few days, but nothing will dampen the excitement of the upcoming Region XIV Softball Conference Championship tournament scheduled to start Monday at Angelina College. Eight teams will begin the battle for a trip to the NJCAA Division I World Series scheduled to begin May 22 in St. George, Utah.
It’s an event that consistently provides a boon for the local economy, all while bring along with it four full days of college softball excitement.
The four top teams from the conference’s East and South zones will open the double elimination tourney at noon on Monday; the championship game will take place on Thursday, May 16. AC’s Lady Roadrunners won the tournament in 2014 on their way to a national title – the first national title in the college’s history. The Lady ‘Runners enter the 2019 tournament as the No. 2 seed from the East Zone and will play Galveston College at 2:30 p.m. on Monday. All AC games will be live streamed.
Admission prices are $30 for a full tournament pass and $15 for an all-day pass. Anyone leaving the park will be charged for re-entering. Pass lists will not be utilized. Representatives from four-year colleges must pay admission to the tournament.
Tournament programs and t-shirts will be a sold at the ball park. The concession stand will be open throughout the tournament. No outside food or drinks will be allowed into the park. Coolers will not be allowed in the park.
General parking is located adjacent to the Baseball/Softball fields and in the parking lot in front of the new Technology Center or the lot directly across College Drive. No parking will be allowed on the highway or behind baseball’s field house.
Games will begin at noon each day.
Monday’s first-round schedule is as follows: Game 1, 12 p.m. – #3 Bossier Parish vs. #2 San Jacinto; Game 2, 12:30 p.m., #2 Angelina College vs. #3 Galveston College; Game 3, 5 p.m., #1 Tyler Junior College vs. #4 Coastal Bend College; and Game 4, 7:30 p.m., #4 Kilgore College vs. #1 Blinn College.
For tournament information and the full bracket, visit angelinaathletics.com.
The e-mail address for AC’s Sports Information Director is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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