AC Baseball Holding Winter Evaluation Camp Two Sessions for Prospective Players Taking Place December 18

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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.

The 2020 pandemic may have forced the Angelina College Roadrunner baseball team to sit out its Spring 2021 season, but as always, the team is still looking to add players ready to hit the field running in the fall of 2021.

On Saturday, December 19, the Roadrunner baseball team will hold a winter evaluation camp for prospective players ages 16 and older at Roadrunner Field on the Angelina College campus.

Originally scheduled for Friday, Dec. 18, the camp changed dates in order to accommodate current high school students immersed in final exams.

In order to maximize COVID-19 distancing guidelines, coaches will split the camp into two sessions. Session 1 will begin at 10 a.m. for pitchers and catchers only. Session 2 will start at 1 p.m. for infielders and outfielders.

The camps will focus on skill evaluation only; there will be no game. Staff will grade on running, arm strength, fielding, hitting and power. Pitchers will throw brief bullpens in order to grade all pitches and velocity.

The cost of each session is $40.00 to cover administration fees. For players wishing to attend both sessions that day, the total cost will be $60.00. Registration for each session will begin 45 minutes prior to starting (9:15 and 12:15); payments are cash only and payable at the gate when registering.

The Roadrunner baseball program has established itself as a pipeline for players seeking to advance to the next level, including those at the university levels and the major leagues. With several former Roadrunners on current MLB rosters, AC Baseball is a proven source of locating and developing young talent.

For further information, contact the AC baseball staff at (936) 633-5367, or e-mail head coach Jeff Livin at jlivin@angelina.edu.

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

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