No. 10 Lady Roadrunners Split with Navarro

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Angelina College catcher Heather Kulhanek makes a leaping grab of a throw home during Wednesday’s doubleheader against Navarro College. The No. 10 Lady Roadrunners took a 6-4 win in the late game after dropping the opener by a 7-1 score. (AC Press photo)

Angelina College catcher Heather Kulhanek makes a leaping grab of a throw home during Wednesday’s doubleheader against Navarro College. The No. 10 Lady Roadrunners took a 6-4 win in the late game after dropping the opener by a 7-1 score. (AC Press photo)

Lee’s Work in the Sixth Inning of Nightcap Lifts AC

For the better part of Wednesday’s doubleheader, Angelina College hitters seemed intent on providing the Navarro Lady Bulldogs with highlight-reel material – for the Lady Bulldogs.

Seemingly every ball off an AC bat ended up with a Navarro player making a spectacular play. Twice the Lady Bulldogs climbed the outfield wall to pull back potential homers, and on several occasions, diving catches killed possible Lady ‘Runner hits.

When the bats broke through and the breaks changed direction, the Lady Roadrunners – who earlier in the day hit the NJCAA national polls ranked No. 10 – rediscovered their groove.

Bryli Lee doubled home the tying run in the bottom of the sixth inning of the nightcap and then scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch. Kayla Boucher added an insurance run with an RBI double to give the Lady Roadrunners a 6-4 win after dropping the opener 7-1.

Lee finished the late game with two doubles, a single and two RBI. Boucher drove in two runs with the late double and a third-inning single.

With AC trailing 4-3 heading into the sixth, Kali Holcomb reached base on a one-out single – her second hit of the game. Lee then blasted a ball inches from the top of the wall to score Holcomb from first. Lee moved to third on a passed ball and then scored on a wild pitch, and Boucher polished off the win with a double to right field to score pinch runner Shawneece Jones.

Angelina College pitcher Whitney Howerton delivers to the plate during Wednesday’s doubleheader against Navarro College. The No. 10 Lady Roadrunners took a 6-4 win in the late game after dropping the opener by a 7-1 score. (AC Press photo)

Angelina College pitcher Whitney Howerton delivers to the plate during Wednesday’s doubleheader against Navarro College. The No. 10 Lady Roadrunners took a 6-4 win in the late game after dropping the opener by a 7-1 score. (AC Press photo)

Whitney Howerton earned the win after relieving starter Taylor Odom. Howerton pitched scoreless sixth and seventh innings, allowing a single walk and recording the final out by snagging a line drive up the middle. Howerton and catcher Heather Kulhanek teamed up to stop a Navarro run in the top of the sixth when Kulhanek fielded a back bounce off a wild pitch and tossed to Howerton, who tagged runner Jaclyn Kresta before she could score.

Earlier, Navarro pitchers Katelyn Cooper and Stephanie Buenrostro teamed up to confound AC batters, with the two hurlers combining for a two-hitter in Navarro’s 7-1 win.

The Lady Roadrunners (25-10, 6-2) will play at Tyler College on Saturday. Game time for the first game 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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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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