Kaylee Parker kept her team in the game. Kali Holcomb got her team out of it.
Parker homered twice to help Angelina College keep pace with a red-hot Tyler College team, and Holcomb blasted a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the seventh to give the No. 21 Lady Roadrunners a 10-7 win and a split of Sunday’s doubleheader at Roadrunner Complex in Lufkin.
Parker put the Lady ‘Runners up 2-0 with a two-run shot in the first. Tyler went up 4-2 with a run in the second and three in the third, then Holcomb singled home a run in the third to cut the Lady Apache lead to one at 4-3. Parker then blasted a three-run shot into the wind for a 6-4 AC lead.
The Lady Apaches, who had won nine straight conference games – including a 9-0 win over AC in Sunday’s opener – continued to work their way back into the lead, getting an RBI groundout from Haille Weber in the fourth. In the fifth, Tyler scored two runs with two outs, taking a 7-6 lead into the seventh inning.
In their final at-bat, the Lady Roadrunners started the rally with Halie Pritchett’s single, Miranda Wiggins’ double and Lauren Garza’s walk to load the bases. One out later, Holcomb launched a ball far over the left-field wall for the game winner in AC’s 10-7 win.
Parker and Holcomb each finished with five RBI. Freshman pitcher Courtney Stephenson of Jasper earned her first collegiate win in a relief role, entering in the seventh and stifling a Lady Apache rally long enough to set up Holcomb’s heroics.
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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