By GARY STALLARD
The 2017 Angelina College softball team shattered the program record for wins in a season with 45.
Duplicating the feat in 2018 is going to be a challenge – not because the team can’t win, but because they haven’t been able to play at all.
Relentless rainfall has limited the Lady Roadrunners to just five games thus far. Since the season-opening Cowtown Tournament in Fort Worth all the way back at the beginning of February – the team went 4-1 in those two days – AC has yet to play another team in a real competition. Other tournaments scheduled over the past two weeks also were washouts, as was the hoped-for home opener against Jarvis Christian College this past Sunday.
Finally, however, the Lady ‘Runners finally are going to play at home…sort of.
AC booked a doubleheader against Lamar State College-Port Arthur for a Monday evening doubleheader, and with its own field still too muddy for play, coaches reached out to Hudson High School. The Lady Hornet softball team this year installed a turf field, and the staff generously agreed to host the Lady Roadrunners and the Lady Seahawks.
For the home team, those games will offer fans a first look at the new squad. AC’s ladies feature a bevy of new faces, with just four sophomores returning from last season: Ashley Hallmark, Morgan Conner, Taylor Lenggenhager and Reygan White. Two sophomores – Kiriany Hornberger and Leigh Luker – transferred this year.
The remainder of the roster features 12 freshmen, but those players have already shown they’re ready to make an impact. In the season opener, Emilee Cernosek and Brette Kohring homered to back Luker’s shutout in the circle for a 3-0 win over Seward County Community College. In a 12-5 win over El Paso CC, Rachel Agnello launched a three-run homer. And in the 4-3 win over Allen County, Shelby Mixon, Jessica Husband and Nikki Gonzales each doubled while going 2-for-3 at the plate. Mixon also was the winning pitcher in two of the tournament games.
Monday’s first game is scheduled for a 5:45 p.m. start, with the nightcap taking place immediately afterward.
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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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