By GARY STALLARD
After opening the season with five straight losses – four to nationally ranked McLennan College – the Angelina College baseball team appears to be hitting its stride.
The Roadrunners on Monday beat Tyler College 9-4 in Tyler, giving AC its third win in the past four games. Sam Haley drove in four runs on three hits, including a two-run homer. Dylan Murphy drove in two more, finishing the day with two hits and a sacrifice fly; and Garrett Boes and Alec Paz each drove in a run.
Jeff Livin’s pre-season prophecy of using as many pitchers as it takes is proving to be the right decision. On Monday, Lance Lusk went five innings, striking out five and allowing a single earned run. Garrett Herrmann and Kyle Allen each pitched two innings, with neither allowing an earned run.
Weather permitting, the Roadrunners will host Houston Community College in a pair of seven-inning games starting at 3 p.m. Friday at Roadrunner Field.
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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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