Lady Roadrunners Power Way to Sweep of Kilgore Hornberger Homers in Each Game of Doubleheader

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By GARY STALLARD

AC Athletics

Angelina College’s Ashley Hallmark (21) celebrates with teammate Taylor Lenggenhager after Hallmark’s slide across the plate during Wednesday’s doubleheader against Kilgore College. The Lady Roadrunners won their sixth straight, sweeping the Rangers 15-7 and 8-0 in Lufkin. (Gary Stallard/AC Press photo)

Showing versatility in their offensive approach, the Angelina College Lady Roadrunners used a lot of long ball and a little of the short stuff to sweep Kilgore College 15-7 and 8-0 Wednesday in Lufkin.

Kiriany Hornberger homered in each game of the doubleheader, knocking out a solo shot in the opener and a three-run blast in the nightcap. Rachel Agnello launched an opposite-field grand slam in the first inning of the early game, and Emilee Cernosek bashed her team-leading 13th homer of the season – a three-run shot – in the late game. Nikki Whitehead also added two RBI in the second contest.

Both games ended in six innings via the mercy rule. Brette Kohring walked off the early game with a two-run double in the sixth; and Riley Garrett scored Cernosek on a squeeze play to end the game in the nightcap.

Hornberger and Leigh Luker teamed up in the circle to take down the Lady Rangers in the 15-7 win. Shelby Mixon followed in the late game with a two-hit shutout to earn her team-leading 14th win of the season, holding the Rangers hitless over the first four innings. After allowing a single to the Rangers’ Shelby East and a double to Kaitlin Hunter, Mixon settled in to retire the next five hitters in order to close out the game.

The two wins ran the Lady Roadrunners’ winning streak to six games, pushing their season record to 25-14, 13-7. Weather permitting, AC will host Paris College in a doubleheader on Saturday. Game time for the opener is 1 p.m.

Angelina College’s Kiriany Hornberger receives congratulations from head coach Mark Mattson following Hornberger’s second homer of Wednesday’s doubleheader against Kilgore College. The Lady Roadrunners won their sixth straight, sweeping the Rangers 15-7 and 8-0 in Lufkin. (Gary Stallard/AC Press photo)

The e-mail address for AC’s Sports Information Director is gstallard@angelina.edu.

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Gary Stallard
Gary Stallard
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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