The Angelina College Lady Roadrunners did not win a second national championship on Saturday at the NJCAA Division I World Series in St. George, Utah. They lost in the championship game to Chipola College (51-5) to finish as national champion runners-up.
The way they got to the final game will go down in the program’s history.
In the day’s early elimination game, AC hitters belted a total of eight home runs (a program record for homers in a single game) in the 15-13 win over Central Florida to qualify for the title game. With the Lady ‘Runners trailing the Patriots 13-10 in the bottom of the seventh, Tristin Anders hit a solo shot – her second of the game – and Sara Mayes followed with a gametying, two-run blast far over the centerfield wall to knot the score at 13-13. Emilee Cernosek drew a walk, and Garrett followed with her second homer, this one a two-run walk-off to send the Lady ‘Runners to the championship game.
Also belting homers for AC were Kaylee Ancelot, Emilee Cernosek – who drove in four runs – and Rachel Agnello.
To reach the final game, the No. 16 Lady Roadrunners – seeded 12th for the tournament – had to beat No. 1 Seminole State, No. 3 Central Florida and No. 6 Salt Lake over the tournament’s three-day run. AC fell to Chipola 19-2 in the final game, as the Warriors rolled through the national tournament without a single loss.
Following Saturday’s game, Lady ‘Runners McKenna Fryar and Kaylee Ancelot were named to the All-Tournament team.
The Lady Roadrunners finish the 2019 season with a 44-13 record.
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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