By GARY STALLARD
If the strange, orange orb in the sky will continue its presence in the area for at least another day or two, the Angelina College Roadrunner baseball team will host its conference opener against Navarro College on Friday.
The game originally was scheduled for Thursday, but the field wasn’t ready.
After winning eight of their past nine games, the ‘Runners (8-7) were on a steady roll before the rains washed out the past four attempts at playing. However, head coach Jeff Livin and the players were on the practice field on Wednesday, ready to head into league play.
Friday will begin the usual three-game series format found in Region XIV play. Navarro’s Bulldogs will visit for a single, nine-inning game beginning at 3 p.m. The series will wrap up with a Saturday doubleheader in Corsicana.
AC’s last game was a 3-1 win at Alvin College on Feb. 19. Euro Diaz, Dylan Murphy and Sam Haley each drove in a run, and pitchers Lance Lusk, Jacob Mead and Chandler Reece held Dolphin hitters to a single run on just five scattered hits.
Diaz leads the Roadrunners in batting, hitting at a .395 pace with four stolen bases. Murphy, the former Lufkin High School standout, leads AC with 11 RBI in his 11 games played.
Lusk leads AC pitchers with an ERA of 2.25 in 24 innings pitched. The freshman from Spring has struck out 27 batters while walking just five.
Friday’s game starts at 1 p.m. at Roadrunner Field on the Angelina College campus.
The e-mail address for AC’s Sports Information Director is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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