The two top-rated pitcher in Region XIV softball faced one another in Tuesday’s second round of the conference tournament, with Blinn’s Meghan Morris – the South Zone Pitcher of the Year – going up against Angelina College’s McKenna Fryar, the East Zone Pitcher of the Year.
Fryar won the matchup, tossing a complete-game shutout in AC’s 5-0 win in the Region XIV Conference Championship tournament at the Larry Phillips Family Sports Complex in Lufkin.
Fryar allowed just four hits in blanking the Bucs, striking out four over her full seven innings of work.
Riley Garrett helped Fryar’s cause with a four-RBI night. Garrett lined a three-run homer over the left-field wall in the third inning and added a RBI double to score Emilee Cernosek in the fifth. Jessica Husband picked up an RBI double in the second inning for AC’s other run.
The Lady Roadrunners (39-9) advance to Wednesday’s winners’ bracket against Tyler Junior College, 10-0 winners over San Jacinto on Tuesday. Game time is 5 p.m.
In the day’s other action, Bossier Parish eliminated Coastal Bend with an 11-6 win and Kilgore knocked out Galveston by a 4-3 final score.
Wednesday’s games include San Jacinto vs. Kilgore at noon, Blinn vs. Bossier Parish at 2:30 p.m., AC vs. Tyler at 5 p.m. and the Blinn/Bossier Parish winner vs. the San Jacinto/Kilgore winner at 7:30 p.m.
The e-mail address for AC’s Sports Information Director is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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