Kayla Boucher Play at First: Angelina College first baseman Kayla Boucher (13) makes a scoop of a low throw as Tyler College runner Amber Landry goes flying during Saturday’s game. The No. 12 Lady Roadrunners split with the No. 1 Lady Apaches, winning the opener 2-1 before falling 6-3 in the nightcap in the regular-season finale for AC. (Photo: Gary Stallard)
Angelina College pitcher Whitney Howerton delivers to a Tyler College hitter during Saturday’s game at Roadrunner Complex. Howerton held the No. 1 Lady Apaches to a single run in AC’s 2-1 win in the opener. Tyler salvaged a split with a 6-3 win in the nightcap. (Photo: Gary Stallard)
Angelina College pitcher Whitney Howerton delivers to a Tyler College hitter during Saturday’s game at Roadrunner Complex. Howerton held the No. 1 Lady Apaches to a single run in AC’s 2-1 win in the opener. Tyler salvaged a split with a 6-3 win in the nightcap. (Photo: Gary Stallard)

Howerton’s Gem Leads AC in Opener

Playing a second doubleheader in as many days – the second one against the nation’s top team, no less – the No. 12 Angelina College Lady Roadrunners put aside the fatigue in search of a confidence boost in the regular-season finale.

They got the boost, splitting with No. 1 Tyler College in Saturday’s doubleheader, winning the opener by a 2-1 score and falling short 6-3 in the nightcap.

Freshman Whitney Howerton tossed a gem in the first game, holding the Lady Apaches hitless and scoreless for six innings before Tyler picked up a seventh-inning run. Howerton struck out just one hitter, but induced 15 fly-ball outs in earning the complete-game win.

AC’s bats weren’t pounding the ball as they typically do, but the Lady ‘Runners were able to scratch out the only two runs they needed. Kayla Boucher’s RBI single in the third scored Jynelle Pangelinan, and Boucher drove in pinch runner Shannon Stoker with another single in the fifth.

Angelina College third baseman Kayla Lahrmann tries to turn a double play over Tyler College runner Karli Herron during Saturday’s game at Roadrunner Complex. The No. 12 Lady Roadrunners split with the No. 1 Lady Apaches, winning the opener 2-1 before falling 6-3 in the nightcap in the regular-season finale for AC. (Photo: Gary Stallard)
Angelina College third baseman Kayla Lahrmann tries to turn a double play over Tyler College runner Karli Herron during Saturday’s game at Roadrunner Complex. The No. 12 Lady Roadrunners split with the No. 1 Lady Apaches, winning the opener 2-1 before falling 6-3 in the nightcap in the regular-season finale for AC. (Photo: Gary Stallard)

AC found itself on the wrong end of a no-hit bid in the nightcap, with Lady Apache pitcher Alicia Garcia keeping the Lady Roadrunners off-balance for four full innings. Garcia was a walk shy of a perfect game at that point, but then AC began pecking away in the fifth. Kayla Lahrmann singled for the team’s first hit, coming around to break up the shutout on Miranda Wiggins’ run-scoring single. In the sixth, Taylor Davis blasted her 14th homer of the season, a solo shot over the left field wall. Shay Vegas singled and scored ahead of Lahrmann’s single to cut the Tyler lead to 6-3; but Tyler shut the door in the seventh to preserve the Lady Apaches’ 6-3 win.

The game ended the regular season for the Lady Roadrunners, who await seeding for next week’s Region XIV Conference Tournament scheduled to begin on Thursday at San Jacinto College.

Following the game, the team recognized sophomores Heather Kulhanek, Kayla Lahrmann, Kayla Boucher and Tiffany Hinkelman.

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

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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.