By GARY STALLARD
PORT ARTHUR – Playing on a field with a spacious outfield, and with a hard wind blowing straight into the hitters’ faces, there was little chance of any ball leaving the yard via home run.
The Angelina College Lady Roadrunners, a team with 68 homers this season, shifted strategies, trying to force San Jacinto College defenders to make plays around the infield. Line drives, ground balls and bunts replaced the typical long drives to the outfield.
The Coyotes made those plays, holding the Lady ‘Runners to a single run and knocking AC from the conference tournament with a 6-1 San Jacinto win in Region XIV tournament play Saturday at Lamar State College-Port Arthur.
AC’s lone run came via a squeeze bunt in the fourth inning, with Nikki Gonzales bunting home Rachel Agnello, who logged the Lady Roadrunners’ only extra-base hit of the game.
The Lady ‘Runners threatened in the seventh, loading the bases singles from Nikki Whitehead, Agnello and Ashley Hallmark. However, San Jacinto pitcher Michelle Kristoff got a spectacular catch from a teammate to end the threat, the game and the Lady Roadrunners’ season.
AC finishes the 2018 season with a record of 28-21.
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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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