By GARY STALLARD
The Angelina College Roadrunners took a break from conference play on Monday to host TCS Post Grad Academy, and the AC bats were hot in a 9-7, 12-2 sweep at Roadrunner Field.
Taylor Meaux and Sean Bergeron each homered in the opener, and Alec Paz and Alex Ashby went deep in the nightcap as part of AC’s 21 combined hits in the two games.
Meaux scraped a three-run homer off the top of the right field wall in the first game, and Bergeron followed Meaux’s fifth-inning double with a long blast over the left-field wall in the fifth. Nic Garza and Dylan Rivers drove in a run each for the Roadrunners.
Pitcher Chandler Reece threw three scoreless innings, and reliever Jeremy Rodriguez earned the save with his work in the seventh after retiring two of the three batters he faced.
In the nightcap, Paz got the ‘Runner scoring started with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first. Ashby added a solo shot in the third, and Garza drove in two more runs with a double in the same frame. Garza added his third RBI with a single in the fourth.
AC closed out the game in the sixth with Brett Mugavero’s RBI sacrifice fly and a walk-off double from Euro Diaz.
Roadrunner starting pitcher Tanner Sembera went four innings and allowed two earned runs; Clayton Hill threw one scoreless inning in relief; and J.T. Migues struck out two of the three batters he faced in his one inning of work.
The Roadrunners (18-13, 5-6) resume conference play Thursday afternoon against Paris College. The single, nine-inning game starts at 3 p.m.
The teams will wrap up the series with Friday’s doubleheader scheduled for a 1 p.m. start. All three games will take place at Roadrunner Field in Lufkin.
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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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