By GARY STALLARD/AC Athletics
McLennan’s Highlanders, the nation’s sixth-ranked junior college baseball team, swept Angelina College 4-1 and 11-0 in AC’s home opener Monday at Roadrunner Field.
Roadrunner pitchers Jarod Sprinkle and Jeremy Rodriguez teamed up in the opener to hold the high-powered Highlanders to just two earned runs over seven innings, but AC could manage just one score against McLennan pitchers over those innings. Sam Haley’s fifth-inning solo homer would be the Roadrunners’ only run of the day.
Sprinkle struck out five and allowed just two hits – none over the first four innings – in his four and two-thirds innings of work. Rodriguez struck out two and gave up a pair of hits while keeping the Highlanders scoreless over his two and a third innings.
McLennan’s Mitchell Caskey launched a two-run homer in the nightcap to fuel the Highlanders’ 11-0 win.
The Roadrunners will host Mountain View College on Wednesday in a doubleheader scheduled for a 2 p.m. start.
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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.
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