It wouldn’t really matter which team the Angelina College softball was playing.
After experiencing three weeks of rained-out games, the Lady Roadrunners are happy just to have the opportunity to take the field again.
On Wednesday, AC (8-2) will host No. 5 Tyler Junior College in the conference opener at the Larry Phillips Family Sports Complex on the Angelina College campus.
AC last played an actual game on Feb. 16, when the Lady ‘Runners pulled off a sweep of San Jacinto College. Since then, the team has hardly had decent weather in which to hold a full practice while forced to cancel at least four games.
Even with the long layoff, the Lady Roadrunners are leading the Region XIV East Zone with a .409 team batting average while the overall slugging percentage is a whopping .640. AC has also managed 12 homers in just 10 games. Sophomores Brette Kohring (.516), Nikki Whitehead (.500) and Jessica Husband (.500) lead the team in hitting. Freshman Kaylee Ancelot leads the squad in RBI with 14 in 39 plate appearances.
In the circle, Lady ‘Runner McKenna Fryar is second in the conference with a 1.93 ERA.
The Lady Apaches (16-4) have participated in tournaments out west and thus have escaped some of the East Texas deluge. Tyler has won seven straight games going into Wednesday’s doubleheader.
First pitch on Wednesday is scheduled for 2 p.m. The e-mail address for AC’s Sports Information Director is email@example.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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