Lady Roadrunners Split Doubleheaders with Alvin, Western Nebraska

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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.

Landreth Grand Slams, Multi-Homer Games Lead Offense

Angelina College’s Lady Roadrunners overcame a tough loss in Wednesday’s opener to bounce back with a win in the nightcap, salvaging a doubleheader split with Alvin College at the Phillips Family Sports Complex on the AC campus.

After falling 4-2 to the Dolphins in the early game, the Lady ‘Runners roared back in the second, with Leighton Landreth driving in six runs – including her second grand slam in the past three games – and Ashtyn Alvarez collecting her second home run of the day. Sara Mayes capped the 10-2 win with a two-run, walk-off single in the fifth inning.

The Lady Roadrunners followed Wednesday’s split with another split on Thursday, this time against non-conference foe Western Nebraska. AC dropped the opening game 13-10 – rallying from a 9-0 deficit in the first inning – despite Landreth’s second grand slam in two days. AC rebounded nicely in the nightcap, winning 12-0 behind two homers each from Mayes and Haley Primrose and another shot from Alvarez. Primrose finished the game with four RBI; Alvarez finished with three.

Angelina College’s Madi Baker (8) races home for a score during Thursday’s game. The Lady Roadrunners split with Western Nebraska (13-10 loss, 12-0 win) after splitting with Alvin College (4-2 loss, 10-2 win) on Wednesday. (Emilie Doerksen/AC Athletics photo)

Mia Gilmore earned the win in the pitching circle, tossing four shutout innings and striking out three batters. Primrose finished off the fifth inning without allowing a run.

The Lady Roadrunners (18-6, 1-1) will host Blinn College in a doubleheader on Saturday scheduled for a 1 p.m. start at the Phillips Family Sports Complex on the AC campus.

The email address for AC’s Sports Information Director is gstallard@angelina.edu.

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