Roadrunner Bats Subdue Bossier Parish

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Gary Stallard
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.

McPherson, Finke Go Deep in Shortened Win

Dustin West Double Play 2_BPCC
Angelina College second baseman Dustin West (4) pivots to turn a double play around Bossier Parish College runner Matthew Hammock (34) during Friday’s game at Roadrunner Field. AC bats hammered out 14 hits, including two homers, in the team’s 11-2, eight-inning win over Bossier Parish College in the series opener. (Gary Stallard)

Cort McPherson and Jacob Finke homered – with Finke providing a three-run walkoff in the eighth – to lead a 14-hit Angelina College attack in the Roadrunners’ 11-2 win over Bossier Parish College in eight innings Thursday at Roadrunner Field.

AC’s Chris Estrada finished with four hits in five trips to the plate, McPherson finished 3-for-5 and Finke and Chase Adams each added two hits.

Starting pitcher Baily Holstein earned the win, going 5 1/3 innings, allowing one earned run and striking out three. Reliever Reid Garrett finished off the Cavs, giving up just one hit and no runs in 2 2/3 innings.

AC trailed 1-0 in the second before Mitch Andrews doubled down the third-base line to drive in Finke. The ‘Runners took a 3-1 lead in the fourth on Adams’ infield single, Zach Rome’s bases-loaded walk and Ryan Bellamy’s sacrifice fly.

McPherson helped pad the lead with his two-run shot in the fifth for a 5-2 AC lead; and the Roadrunners tacked on three more in the sixth on RBI singles from Bellamy, Estrada and Mitch Henshaw.

In the top of the sixth, the Cavs managed to load the bases, but Bellamy crashed into the centerfield wall making a spectacular catch and throwing to second to double off a Cav runner and end the inning.

Finke shortened the game by an inning with his three-run blast over the left-field wall in the bottom of the eighth, giving the Roadrunners the win in the series opener.

The teams wrap up the series with a Saturday doubleheader in Bossier City. Game time is 1 p.m.

The e-mail address for AC’s Sports Information Director is gstallard@angelina.edu.

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