By GARY STALLARD
HUDSON – Down a run in the first game. Down four runs in the second.
The Angelina College Lady Roadrunners, playing in their first official games in three weeks, weren’t about to let a couple of deficits put a damper on their “home” opener against Lamar State College-Port Arthur on Monday evening. AC put together a five-run sixth inning in the opener to win 5-1, then duplicated the feat with a five-run fifth inning to win the nightcap 12-8.
AC played on Hudson High School’s new turf field since the Angelina College facility has been under a steady deluge for the past week.
In the opening game, starting pitchers Kiriany Hornberger for AC and Ashley May of Lamar-PA locked into a pitchers’ duel over the first five innings. The Seahawks scored a run in the first on a double steal, then held that 1-0 lead until the sixth inning.
AC’s Brette Kohring got things started with a solo homer to left field to tie the game. Jessica Husband singled, Emilee Cernosek walked and Hornberger singled to load the bases. After Nikki Whitehead drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk, Riley Garrett lifted a deep ball to the right-field corner that ended up as a three-run error. Hornberger shut down the Seahawks in order in the seventh to preserve the win.
Lamar-PA again jumped out to a lead in the nightcap, scoring four runs in three innings, with Briana White adding a solo homer.
Again, the Lady ‘Runners rallied. In the bottom of the fourth, Garrett drew a leadoff walk, Rachel Agnello reached on an error and Nikki Gonzales filled the bags with a long single to left. Reygan White’s walk brought home AC’s first run, and Kohring followed with a two-run double. Jessica Husband’s RBI groundout tied the game at 4-4, and after Cernosek’s infield single, Hornberger drove a single through the left side for a 5-4 AC lead.
The Lady ‘Runners tacked on four more in the fifth: Gonzales singled, White doubled and Husband reached on a two-run error. Another single from Cernosek preceded Hornberger’s RBI double, and Whitehead added run-scoring single for a 9-5 AC lead.
AC would tack on three more runs later, with Kohring adding her second homer of the night, for the 12-8 win.
The Lady Roadrunners are scheduled to take part in the Regional Crossover Tournament in Longview starting on Friday and ending on Sunday. AC’s next scheduled home stand is on Wednesday, March 7 against San Jacinto College.
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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