Roadrunners Sweep Paris College in Conference Doubleheader

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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.

Freeman’s Four RBI Lead to Win in Nightcap

Angelina College’s Roadrunners earned a pair of big wins in conference play on Wednesday, sweeping the Paris Dragons 8-6 and 8-5 at Poland Stadium on the AC campus.

The ‘Runners in the opener put together a three-run third inning on just one hit, with Luke Haas reaching on an error, MaCrae Kendrick and Mario Mendoza drawing walks and both Haas and Kendrick scoring on wild pitches. Heladio Moreno drove in a run with an infield hit, giving AC the 3-1 lead after three innings.

Paris would retake the lead in the fifth, but a two-run sixth from the Roadrunners, along with a shutout inning of relief from Jared Barta, sealed the win.

In the nightcap, Jalen Freeman drove in four runs, with three of those coming on a long, three-run homer in the fifth, to lift the Roadrunners to the 8-4 win and the sweep.

AC (17-13, 6-8) will travel to Corsicana on Saturday to face Navarro College in a doubleheader scheduled for a 1 p.m. start. The Roadrunners’ next home stand is Saturday, March 26 against Tyler Junior College.

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

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