With their thrilling, dog pile-inducing win over Northeast Texas Community College on Tuesday night, the Angelina College Roadrunners got the hard part of the journey out of the way.
By no means are the ‘Runners coasting into the season’s final three games.
AC capped a three-game sweep of the Eagles with a wild, seven-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning, getting the game-winning RBI from Alex Walker in AC’s 10-9 win. When Chase Adams stomped the plate for the final run, the Roadrunners clinched a spot in next week’s Region XIV Conference Tournament in Sugar Land.
Beginning today, AC will close out the regular season by hosting Paris College. Perhaps in another season, these final contests would be meaningless for a team having already secured its place in the post season, but now the Roadrunners are fighting for a higher seed. They certainly can’t expect the Dragons to cooperate.
Paris enters the weekend two games back of AC. The Roadrunner can clinch the third seed in the East Zone by winning just one of the three games. However, a sweep on the wrong end allows the Dragons to vault into the third spot while dropping Angelina College into the fourth position.
Giving even more motivation to Paris is a Bossier Parish team hovering a single game back of Paris. The Cavaliers close out the season against NTCC hoping for the chance to overtake Paris and eliminate the Dragons from playoff contention.
Three games remaining in the regular season, and more than enough drama to last until the final out.
The Roadrunners host Paris on Friday in a single, nine-inning game starting at 3 p.m. The series concludes on Saturday with a doubleheader scheduled for a 1 p.m. start. The Roadrunners will celebrate Sophomore Day prior to Saturday’s opening game.