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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.

Anyone loving walk-off wins would have loved this past week with Angelina College softball and baseball.

On Wednesday, the red-hot Lady Roadrunners extended their win streak to eight straight games, hammering Blinn College in a doubleheader sweep (the Lady ‘Runners’ fourth consecutive series sweep). On the same day, the Roadrunner baseball team got a thrilling walk-off win in the nightcap to split with Tyler Junior College.

Following is a recap of the week, along with this week’s schedules.

Lady Roadrunner Softball:

AC’s ladies have vaulted into the third-place spot in the Region XIV South Zone Division standings after Wednesday’s impressive drubbing of Blinn College.

AC pitcher Morgan Louviere held the high-powered Lady Bucs to just one earned run in the opener, and Kaetlyn Dunbar provided the walk-off heroics with a long double in the bottom of the fifth inning to lift the Lady ‘Runners to a 10-2 win. Dunbar, Madi Baker, Skyler Martin and Emma Kovasovic each drove in two runs in the win.

Kovasovic padded her stats in the nightcap, driving in six runs on a pair of homers – including a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning of AC’s 13-4 win. Dunbar and Bailey Frenzel added two RBI each, and pitcher Mia Gilmore allowed just one earned run over her six innings of work.

The Lady ‘Runners originally were scheduled to host Coastal Bend Community College on Saturday, but those games were canceled. The team will travel to Galveston on Wednesday for a doubleheader against the No. 13-ranked Whitecaps. Game time for the opener is 1 p.m.

On Saturday, the Lady Roadrunners will host San Jacinto College, and AC’s ladies will celebrate Sophomore Day at Lady Roadrunner Field. Game time for the opener is 4 p.m.

Roadrunner Baseball:

The Roadrunners dropped Wednesday’s opener against Tyler Junior College by a 12-4 score, but bounced back with a thrilling, 3-2 win in 12 innings in the nightcap.

AC’s Slade Foreman launched a two-out solo homer over the left-field wall to set off an infield celebration in the late game.

On Saturday, the ‘Runners fell 5-2 and 4-1 at Panola College in Carthage.

AC’s guys will close out the season and celebrate Sophomore Day on Wednesday in a doubleheader scheduled to start at 1 p.m. at Poland Field on the AC campus.

AC Athletes in the Community:

AC athletes were busy with this week’s Field Day at Burley Elementary. Student/athletes from the Roadrunner and Lady Roadrunner basketball teams, along with players from the Lady ‘Runner softball team, assisted with all the activities while recruiting some new young fans.

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