Angelina College’s Lady Roadrunners employed a small-ball attack to win the opener and broke out the big bops to take the nightcap in Monday’s 7-0, 5-4 wins over Bossier Parish at Roadrunner Complex in Lufkin.
Kayla Boucher banged an RBI double off the wall to score pinch runner Kayla Lahrmann in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead AC to the 5-4 win in the nightcap. Boucher and Jynelle Pangelinan each
doubled home runs in the sixth inning, and Lauren Garza blasted a solo homer in the second inning. Boucher finished with three runs driven in for the game, driving home another AC score in the fourth inning. Pitcher Taylor Odom went the distance for AC, striking out nine Lady Cavs in eight innings.
Bossier Parish took a 3-2 lead in the sixth behind singles from Krissy Williams, Kirsten Martin and Anna Dies; AC regained the lead at 4-3 on RBI doubles from Boucher and Pangelinan. In the top of the seventh, the Lady Cavs again knotted the score with a double from Katelin Temple and a line-hugging single from Williams. The Lady Roadrunners went down 1-2-3 in the seventh to send the game to extra frames and Boucher’s dramatics.
In the opener, AC pitcher Whitney Howerton tossed a three-hit, complete-game shutout over the Lady Cavaliers while getting all her run support in a single inning. AC posted a seven-run second, getting three bunt singles, three walks and a three-run double from Boucher. Howerton finished with five strikeouts from the circle.
The Lady Roadrunners (24-9, 5-1) will host Navarro College on Wednesday. Game time for the opener is 1 p.m.
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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