By GARY STALLARD
For now, the only thing slowing the Angelina College baseball team is the weather.
The Roadrunners won their third straight game – and fourth in five tries – Saturday against Tyler College in Temple, beating the Apaches 12-7 behind a two-run homer from Dylan Murphy, two RBI each from Euro Diaz and Sean Bergeron and some clutch relief pitching from Chandler Reece, Jeremy Rodriguez and Lance Lusk.
AC was supposed to have taken on Temple College later in the day, but the rains forced the cancellation.
The Roadrunners also were to have hosted a doubleheader on Friday against Houston Community College; that, too, was a wash, but AC managed to land a worthy opponent for Tuesday. The ‘Runners now will host Galveston College in a doubleheader at Roadrunner Field.
On Saturday, Huntington product Reece entered the game in the second inning after the Apaches had already posted six runs. Reece then went the next three innings, allowing one earned run and striking out three while keeping the Roadrunners in the game until the offense broke out. Jeremy Rodriguez added two innings of scoreless relief, and Lance Lusk threw a scoreless seventh inning in the win.
Alec Paz, Sam Haley, Hayden Baker and Sam Gotlieb also drove in runs for AC, and Taylor Meaux scored three runs. Haley’s day was a continuation of his torrid start to the season: He’s batting .348 with a .607 slugging percentage.
Tuesday’s twin bill starts 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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