By GARY STALLARD
In the end, the Angelina College Roadrunners just couldn’t come up with the needed clutch hits.
Northeast Texas Community College held off the ‘Runners in a 6-4 decision Thursday at the Larry Phillips Family Sports Complex, thwarting several AC scoring chances in the final innings to take the first game of the three-game series.
NTCC’s Chase Talbot broke a 3-3 tie with a two-run double in the sixth inning, and teammate Ryan Dudley added an RBI with a sacrifice fly in the same frame to give the Eagles a 6-3 lead.
AC’s Euro Diaz tripled home a run in the eight – his second RBI of the game – to cut the lead to two runs, but Diaz stayed stranded there following an inning-ending groundout.
AC missed out on earlier opportunities to score, leaving the bases loaded in the sixth. Over nine innings, the Roadrunners left 11 runners on base.
Kyle Allen pitched three scoreless innings in relief, striking out four Eagles. Nic Garza and Dillon Nesbitt also drove in a run each for the Roadrunners.
AC (25-20, 13-11) will travel to Mount Pleasant on Saturday as the series resumes with a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m.
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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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