Just a couple of key hits here or there, and the Angelina College Roadrunners could have finished Friday’s doubleheader against Weatherford College with a pair of wins.
Instead, the ‘Runners couldn’t come up with those hits, missing a few opportunities, in dropping both games of a doubleheader.
However, head coach Jeff Livin isn’t concerned. He’s getting solid pitching and defense, and he knows those missed chances are more a sign of his younger players trying to do a little too much early in the season.
“We’ve just got to learn to relax in those situations,” Livin said. “We’ve got some freshmen in some key spots, and we’re throwing them to the wolves. That’s the nature of junior college athletics. It’s hard to relax in those tough situations.
“We’ve got to learn to settle for what’s given to us right now. That’s part of maturing as a hitter: Learning what your pitch is. Right now, everyone’s eager to meet expectations early in the season, and we’re just trying to do a little too much offensively.”
Friday’s doubleheader lasted eight hours, with the opener running 11 innings before Weatherford pulled out a 9-5 win. In the nightcap, AC dropped a 3-2 decision, getting the potential tying and winning runs on board in the final at-bat before stranding those runners in a loss.
“We’re getting what we need from other areas,” Livin added. “The biggest thing right now is getting the offense on-track. We’ve got some good hitters in our lineup, and I know it’s just a matter of time before they figure things out.”
The Roadrunners will host Mountain View College in a Tuesday doubleheader starting at 3 p.m. 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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