By GARY STALLARD
Hagan Hartman entered in the ninth inning of a tense, one-run game already filled with plenty of fireworks.
Angelina College’s sophomore pitcher helped douse the fire in a hurry.
With the Roadrunners clinging to a slender, one-run lead, Hartman worked around a one-out error to shut down the Northeast Texas Community College Eagles and preserve AC’s 6-5 win in the nightcap of Saturday’s doubleheader at Roadrunner Field.
The Eagles took the opener by a 7-3 score, but AC’s win at Mount Pleasant on Thursday, combined with Saturday’s split, gave the ‘Runners the 2-1 series win.
Sam Haley homered twice on Saturday, once in each game. His two-run shot in the first helped AC build a 3-0 lead early. Hayden Baker went 3-for-4 with two RBI, and Nic Garza and Dylan Murphy each drove in a run.
NTCC’s Hunter Thomas blasted a mammoth two-run homer in the top of the eighth to cut the Roadrunner lead to 6-5, but AC pitcher Jarod Sprinkle retired the next Eagle to maintain the lead before giving way to Hartman in the ninth.
AC starting pitcher Sean Bergeron earned the win, striking out six Eagles in six innings while allowing three earned runs. Spivey entered in the seventh and recorded three outs with three pitches. Hartman earned his first save of the season with his work in the ninth.
The Roadrunners (16-13, 5-6) will host TCS Baseball in non-conference action on Monday. The doubleheader, featuring two seven-inning games, will start at 2 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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