Lady Roadrunners Eliminated in Loss to Tyler

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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.

Davis Sets New Single-Season HR Mark in Loss

Angelina College left fielder Jynelle Pangelinan makes a catch against the wall during Saturday’s Region XIV Conference Tournament game in Houston. Tyler College eliminated the Lady Roadrunners with a 4-2 win to end AC’s season. (AC Press photo by Gary Stallard)
Angelina College left fielder Jynelle Pangelinan makes a catch against the wall during Saturday’s Region XIV Conference Tournament game in Houston. Tyler College eliminated the Lady Roadrunners with a 4-2 win to end AC’s season. (AC Press photo by Gary Stallard)

Not until the final out of the final inning did anyone on the Angelina College bench think the Lady Roadrunners would lose.

Sure, they’d fallen behind early, but a team known for putting together big innings seemed poised for a big, walk-off finale.

The rally didn’t happen. The No. 12 Lady Roadrunners fell short in a 4-2 loss to Tyler in Saturday’s Region XIV Conference Tournament, eliminating AC and ending the team’s season.

The Lady Apaches scored two unearned runs in the first and got a two-run homer from Tanna Huie in the second to take a 4-0 lead.

But AC pitcher Whitney Howerton shut the door the rest of the way, holding Tyler scoreless over the next five innings to give the Lady ‘Runners a chance. Howerton got plenty of defensive help: Centerfielder Kali Holcombe collected six catches, none of them routine, and the rest of the defense settled in to keep the Lady Apaches on hold.

After getting blanked for two innings – with two innings killed after hitting into double plays – AC began chipping away at the Tyler lead. Taylor Davis blasted a solo homer in the third, setting the program’s individual, single-season record for homers at 17. In the fifth, Jynelle Pangelinan put one over the wall to cut the Lady Apache lead in half. Keeping the AC fans on their seats were several balls the Lady ‘Runners hit deep – just not quite deep enough for anything other than long outs.

Tyler pitcher Abby Walker tossed the last few innings of relief to hold off the Lady Roadrunner charge, retiring AC hitters in order in the bottom of the seventh.

The Lady Roadrunners end their season with a 38-20 record. The game was the final appearance for sophomores Kayla Boucher, Tiffany Hinkelman, Kayla Lahrmann and Heather Kulhanek.

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

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