The Angelina College Lady Roadrunner softball team has smashed its way into the national rankings courtesy of some hot bats and steady pitching.
The Lady ‘Runners this week made their debut in the recent NJCAA Division I polls, entering at No. 20 in the nation. Despite having lost numerous games to inclement weather, AC’s ladies have put together a 13-5 record thus far.
In addition, the Lady Roadrunners are ranked No. 4 in the nation in overall hitting, with the team batting at a .412 clip. Brette Kohring is tied for 4th in the country with a .579 average, and Nikki Whitehead is ranked No. 22 with an average of .515.
Whitehead and Kaylee Ancelot are tied for 7th in the Region XIV East Zone with five homers each. Sara Mayes is tied for 13th with four homers.
AC pitcher McKenna Fryar leads the East Zone with an ERA of 1.63. She’s second in the league in strikeouts with 66 in just 51.2 innings pitched.
The Lady Roadrunners’ next home game is on Thursday, March 28. AC will host a doubleheader with Paris College starting at 2 p.m. at the Larry Phillips Family Sports Complex in Lufkin.
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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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