Even though recent heavy rains pushed back their respective starting times, both the Angelina College softball and baseball teams will be at home for a pair of conference doubleheaders Friday at the Larry Phillips Family Sports Complex on the AC campus.
The No. 16 Lady Roadrunners will host Trinity Valley Community College in a twin bill starting at 3 p.m. Right across the sidewalk, the Roadrunners will face Panola College in the two-game finale of their three-game series started on Wednesday. First pitch for the doubleheader is also at 3 p.m.
In Wednesday’s game, Roadrunner head coach Jeff Livin showed he’s shifting into a “Whatever it takes” mode as the regular season nears its end. On Wednesday in Carthage, the ‘Runners shook up their pitching staff, giving Wes Gafford the start – he’s been one of the team’s top relievers – and brought Lance Lusk and Jacob Mead in from the bullpen.
The strategy worked, as the ‘Runners handled the Ponies 10-6 in the series opener behind a homer from Rylan Meek – who has homered in back-to-back games. The win also moved AC (24-16, 11-11) into a tie for third place, three games behind the Ponies.
The Lady Roadrunners learned on Tuesday they’d maintained their position as the No. 16 team in the nation. AC’s ladies are riding a 10-game winning streak heading into Friday’s matchup with TVCC after earning a 10-2, 6-1 sweep in Kilgore. Kaylee Ancelot ripped her team-leading 11th homer in the opener, finishing the series with five RBI. Ancelot, Nikki Whitehead and Riley Garrett each drove in two runs in the nightcap.
Currently, the Lady Roadrunners are ranked No. 8 in the nation offensively with a team batting average of .397.
The softball games will be live streamed. Viewers can watch both ends of the doubleheader by visiting angelinaathletics.com.
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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