Angelina College pitcher Jacob Mead may have expected just a little work in Monday’s game, but he couldn’t have known his work day would start as early as it did.
With starting pitcher Sean Bergeron – the staff workhorse all season – on the mound, the ‘Runners anticipated Bergeron’s usual seven or eight innings. Instead, Bergeron left after 2 1/3 innings with a sore arm, causing head coach Jeff Livin to summon Mead from the bullpen much earlier.
Mead then pitched one of his best game of the year, taking the game into the ninth inning of the ‘Runners 12-9 win over Blinn College in Sunday’s opening round of the Region XIV Conference Championship tournament in Beaumont.
Mead finished with 5 2/3 innings pitched, scattering seven hits and allowing three runs while striking out four Bucs. Dalton Roblin pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to help the ‘Runners into Monday’s winners’ bracket.
AC got three homers on the day, with Dillon Nesbit going deep with an opposite-field shot in the first, Trent Brown adding a solo blast in the second and Sam Gotlieb ripping a threerun bomb in the sixth. The ‘Runners also benefited from four unearned runs in the third inning. AC finished the day with 12 runs on 12 hits.
The Roadrunners (32-19) will play the winner of the Galveston/Navarro winner at 5 p.m. on Monday in Beaumont.
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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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