Paris Takes Down Roadrunners In Series Opener

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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.

Of the Paris College Dragons’ 14 hits against Angelina College on Friday, no more than five were of the hard-hit variety.

Angelina College shortstop Tony Lima goes airborne to make a throw from deep in the hole during Friday’s game against Paris College at Roadrunner Field. The Dragons held off AC 8-5 in the opening game of a series scheduled to resume on Saturday. (AC Press photo by Gary Stallard)
Angelina College shortstop Tony Lima goes airborne to make a throw from deep in the hole during Friday’s game against Paris College at Roadrunner Field. The Dragons held off AC 8-5 in the opening game of a series scheduled to resume on Saturday. (AC Press photo by Gary Stallard)

The Dragons dinked and dunked the rest of their hits with an array of bloopers and bleeders to take down the Roadrunners 8-5 in the opening game of a three-game series at Roadrunner Field in Lufkin.

Paris is attempting to leave Lufkin with a sweep, hoping to jump the ‘Runners in the final standings. AC will need one win in Saturday’s doubleheader, the regular-season finale, to secure the third spot in the upcoming conference tournament.

Mitchell Andrews knocked a two-run homer in the second inning for AC, and Dustin West, Chase Adams and Mitch Henshaw each drove in runs for the Roadrunners.

Paris’ Matthew Nemecek lofted a solo homer just over the left-field wall in the fifth inning, and the Dragons scored twice in the sixth to take a 5-3 lead. AC tied things up at 5-5 on Henshaw’s groundout in the seventh, only to see Paris get an RBI bloop single from Chad Hardy in the eighth and two runs on a bunt single, an error and a sacrifice fly in the ninth.

The teams resume play on Saturday in a doubleheader scheduled for a 1 p.m. start. The Roadrunners will celebrate Sophomore Day with a pre-game celebration just before the opener.

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

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