Lady Roadrunners Drop World Series Opener to No 4 Walters State AC to Face Eastern Arizona on Wednesday

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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.

OXFORD, ALABAMA – Angelina College’s Lady Roadrunners had a tall task in front of them anyway, facing the nation’s No. 4 team in the opening round of the NJCAA Division I Softball World Series.

A very late start and some uncharacteristic defensive miscues didn’t help AC’s situation at all.

With bad weather rearranging the entire tournament schedule, the Lady Runners didn’t start their game until 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday. AC then gifted the Senators three runs on plays the Lady ‘Runner defense typically makes, and Walters State held on for the 3-0 win in Oxford, Alabama.

AC pitchers Morgan Louviere and Mia Gilmore were spectacular in the circle, holding the high-powered Senators to just four hits and no earned runs.

However, Walters State pitcher Tori Coffman (whose 31-0 record on the season was the best in the nation) held the Lady ‘Runners to just one hit over the full seven innings. AC’s hitters mashed several balls off the bat, only to see Senator defenders make the plays.

The Lady Roadrunners will attempt to extend their season and their title chances from the losers’ bracket on Wednesday. AC will face Eastern Arizona (who fell 5-3 in a walk-off loss on Tuesday) at 4 p.m. (CST).

Angelina College pitcher Mia Gilmore delivers from the circle during Tuesday’s game against Walters State. The Lady ‘Runners fell to the No. 4 Senators 3-0 in the opening round of the NJCAA Division I World Series in Oxford, Al. (Gary Stallard/AC Athletics photo)
Angelina College shortstop Hailey Fuentes throws out a Walters State runner during Tuesday’s game. The Lady ‘Runners fell to the No. 4 Senators 3-0 in the opening round of the NJCAA Division I World Series in Oxford, Al. (Gary Stallard/AC Athletics photo)

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