Eventually, the bats will come around. There are too many good hitters on the team for that not to happen.
They weren’t there for the Angelina College Roadrunners on Friday, however, as the team missed on numerous walk-off opportunities in dropping both games of a doubleheader, losing 9-5 in the 11-inning opener and 3-2 in the nightcap.
Adding to the eight-hour day’s frustrations was the fact the ‘Runners battled so hard in the first game just to keep the contest going. Trailing 4-1 heading into the seventh – the game was supposed to last just seven innings – AC put together a three-run frame to tie the score at 4-4. With the potential walk-off run at third, AC’s Trent Brown blasted a deep fly ball to the centerfield wall for a long, loud out.
In the 9th, 10th and 11th innings, the Roadrunners put possible winning runs in scoring position, only to see Coyote pitchers work their way out of the jams each time. Finally, Weatherford posted a four-run 11th inning to take the 9-5 win.
The same story unfolded in the late game. AC took a 2-1 lead into the seventh, only to see the Coyotes push across two runs in the top of the frame. Again, the Roadrunners started a rally, getting runners to second and third with two outs – and again, Coyote pitching prevailed, as Weatherford reliever Bryson Hudgens recorded a game-ending strikeout.
The Roadrunners (2-4) are at home for a Tuesday doubleheader against Mountain View College. First pitch is at 3 p.m.
The e-mail address for AC’s Sports Information Director is gstallard@angeli
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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