By GARY STALLARD
Earning a doubleheader split normally isn’t that big of a deal.
But when it happens against the 15th-ranked team in the nation, and at their house, it’s a much bigger story.
Angelina College’s Lady Roadrunners on Monday rebounded from a first-game loss against No. 15 Bossier Parish College by taking the nightcap in an 8-6 win.
Taking at least one game did more than improve AC’s position in the conference standings. It also provided a confidence boost to a freshman-laden team that had put together a nine-game winning streak just weeks ago, only to lose three straight. Monday’s win also showed the team is ready to face head-on the conference leaders. Bossier Parish is tied for first place in the Region XIV East Zone at 8-2 in league play.
Sharing the top spot with the Lady Cavaliers? AC’s opponent on Wednesday, the No. 3 Tyler College Lady Apaches.
The matchup will feature the proverbial “unstoppable force against the immovable object” scenario. The Lady Roadrunners are second in the league in home runs with 42 and among league leaders in slugging percentage at a whopping .565.
Trying to tame the AC bats will be Lady Apache All-Everything pitcher Abbie Dart, who leads the league in wins (19), total strikeouts (120) and ERA (1.00). Dart in 2018 has lost just two games in the circle, with one of those occurring against Bossier Parish College.
AC’s pitching staff can hold its own, with Shelby Mixon (10-5) striking out 49 batters in 88 innings and Leigh Luker leading the team in ERA at 3.63. Mixon is second in the conference in wins behind Dart, while Luker is in fifth place.
Offensively, AC’s Emilee Cernosek and Tyler’s Courtnie Heller lead their respective teams with eight homers each. Cernosek, Sydney Brown and Rachel Agnello lead the Lady Roadrunners in RBI with 25 each.
Tyler averages eight runs per game; the Lady Roadrunners average seven.
Wednesday’s doubleheader at Angelina College is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start. Viewers can catch the live stream by logging onto angelinaathletics.com.
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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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