Roadrunners Squeeze out Sweep of Navarro College

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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.

Balmaceda Throws Complete-Game Win in Opener

Angelina College’s Elian Balmaceda and Navarro College pitcher Kyler Heyne were locked into a beauty of a pitchers’ duel in the opener of Tuesday’s doubleheader.

Heyne no-hit the Roadrunners for five full innings, holding the AC offense scoreless in that span. Balmaceda allowed a solo homer in the third inning, but shut down the Bulldogs the rest of the way.

Finally, in the sixth inning, the ‘Runners broke through, scoring two runs and taking a 2-1 at Poland Field on the AC campus.

AC would cap the sweep with a 5-4 win in the nightcap.

The ‘Runners in the opener scratched out the only two runs they’d need in the sixth inning, getting a leadoff single from Parker Mason and a sacrifice bunt from Ben Penn. Cody Kestler stepped in to run for Mason and scored on MaCrae Kendrick’s single to center field. Jonathan Dewberry moved Kendrick to second with a single, and Heladio Moreno drove in Kendrick with another single.

Balmaceda would finish the game with 12 strikeouts, allowing just four hits and the lone Navarro run.

AC finished off the sweep in the late game, getting two RBI each from Jeffry Mercado and Dylan Bourgeois and another from Mason. Jordan Belin, Landon Herrmann, Peyton Fosher and Jared Barta teamed up to hold the Bulldogs to just two earned runs, with Barta pitching a scoreless ninth inning for the save.

The Roadrunners (24-23, 12-17) next will host Bossier Parish Community College on Friday in a doubleheader scheduled for a 1 p.m. start at Poland Field.

Prior to Friday’s games, an official dedication ceremony for Poland Field will take place near the press box. The ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m.

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

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