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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.

Roadrunner Baseball:

The Roadrunners opened the week with a huge home sweep of Navarro College on Tuesday, beating the Bulldogs 2-1 and 5-4 at Poland Field. AC pitcher Elian Balmaceda struck out 12 in earning the complete-game win in the opener, and a bevy of pitcher combined to beat Navarro in the nightcap.

On Friday, however, the ‘Runners dropped both games of the doubleheader against Bossier Parish Community College, falling 7-2 and 8-7. Luke Haas, Landon Roque and MaCrae Kendrick homered in the loss.

Lady Roadrunner Softball:

The Lady Roadrunners spent the week on the road (again, this is why there are no pics from this week’s games). At Blinn College on Wednesday, AC lost 7-4 before bouncing back for a 15-5 win in five innings. Madi Baker and Sara Mayes homered for AC in the doubleheader.

On Friday, the Lady ‘Runners dropped a 1-0 squeaker before taking a 12-2 win in five innings in the nightcap. Bailey Frenzel and Sara Mayes blasted bombs for the Lady Roadrunners.

Poland Field Dedication:

On Friday, Angelina College officials held a dedication ceremony renaming the AC baseball field “Poland Field” after long-time, late board members Robert Poland, Sr. and Robert Poland, Jr. With Poland family members and other well-wishers on-hand, the ceremony took place just before AC’s doubleheader with Bossier Parish Community College.

Robert Poland, Jr.’s grandson Caleb Poland McCusker threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Friday’s games.

This Week’s Games:

Wednesday, 4/20: AC Softball hosting San Jacinto College in a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. Prior to the first pitch, the Lady ‘Runners will honor their lone sophomore, Sara Mayes, on Sophomore Night. AC Baseball at Tyler JC, doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.

Saturday, 4/23: AC Baseball vs. Panola College at Poland Field, doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. AC Softball at Coastal Bend Community College, doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.

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