Lady Roadrunners Sweep NTCC at Home

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Angelina College’s Bryli Lee (5) slides into third under NTCC third baseman Madison Selman’s tag attempt during Saturday’s doubleheader. The No. 12 Lady Roadrunners swept the Lady Eagles by scores of 5-4 and 6-4 at Roadrunner Complex in Lufkin. (Photo by Gary Stallard)

Lahrmann Homers Twice, Wiggins with Game-saving Catch

 Angelina College’s Miranda Wiggins robs Northeast Texas’ Madison Selman of a homer during Saturday’s doubleheader. The No. 12 Lady Roadrunners swept the Lady Eagles by scores of 5-4 and 6-4 at Roadrunner Complex in Lufkin. (Photo by Gary Stallard)
Angelina College’s Miranda Wiggins robs Northeast Texas’ Madison Selman of a homer during Saturday’s doubleheader. The No. 12 Lady Roadrunners swept the Lady Eagles by scores of 5-4 and 6-4 at Roadrunner Complex in Lufkin. (Photo by Gary Stallard)

At first, it seemed as if Miranda Wiggin’s over-the-wall catch in right field to rob Northeast Texas Community College’s Madison Selman of a homer was just highlight-reel material – albeit a good one.

But when neither team scored again over the next two innings, Wiggins’ grab became the game-saver in No 12 Angelina College’s 5-4 win over the Lady Eagles in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader.

The Lady ‘Runners made it a sweep with a 6-4 win in the nightcap.

Selman’s blast to deep right in the fifth inning would have would have tied the score, but Wiggins reached over while crashing into the wall to pull the ball back in for the long out. Lady Roadrunner starting pitcher Whitney Howerton, who earned the win in the circle, held the Lady Eagles scoreless the rest of the way.

AC fought back from a three-run deficit in that contest, tying the score in the second inning with Lahrmann scoring after a double on a bases-loaded walk to Kali Holcomb. Tiffany Hinkelman helped a run home after taking a pitch to her thigh, and Shay Vegas drew another bases-loaded walk.

            In the third, Lahrmann launched a solo homer – her first of two in the doubleheader –and Hinkelman’s groundout plated Holcomb for the team’s last runs.

            Howerton allowed a run in the fifth but finished with three strikeouts in the win.

            In the nightcap, Lahrmann belted her second dinger of the day, adding to the team’s season record of 69 homers. Wiggins and Bryli Lee each drove home a run with fourth-inning singles, and Heather Kulhanek and Jynelle Pangelinan added RBI with infield groundouts. AC pitcher Taylor Odom went the distance in the win.

            The game featured three former high school teammates and rivals facing one another: Lee and Selman played at Hudson High School, and NTCC’s Sydney Hurley played at Diboll High School.

            The Lady Roadrunners (36-15, 17-7) are scheduled to travel to Paris College on Monday. Game time for the opener of the doubleheader is 1 p.m.

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

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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.