Lady Roadrunners Break Program HR Record In Sweep Of Paris

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Davis Goes Deep Twice To Set Record

The program’s team record for home runs in a season lasted all of one year.

The 2016 Angelina College on Wednesday re-wrote the record book.

Angelina College’s Taylor Davis rocks her second homer of the game during Wednesday’s nightcap of a doubleheader against Paris College. Davis’ homer set the new program season homer record, and the No. 12 Lady Roadrunners swept the Lady Dragons 8-0 and 12-8 at Roadrunner Complex in Lufkin. (Photo by AC News Service)
Angelina College’s Taylor Davis rocks her second homer of the game during Wednesday’s nightcap of a doubleheader against Paris College. Davis’ homer set the new program season homer record, and the No. 12 Lady Roadrunners swept the Lady Dragons 8-0 and 12-8 at Roadrunner Complex in Lufkin. (Photo by AC News Service)

Taylor Davis homered twice in the nightcap of AC’s 8-0, 12-8 sweep of the Paris College Lady Dragons Wednesday at Roadrunner Complex. Davis’ second homer set the new total at 63, surpassing by one dinger the previous record set in 2015. For the day, the Lady Roadrunners accounted for five homers: Davis hit two, combining with Shay Vegas for a back-to-back performance in the nightcap; Tiffany Hinkelman added a two-run shot in the same game; and Kayla Boucher launched a three-run homer in the opener.

After the game, the Lady Roadrunners learned they’d moved up three spots in the NJCAA Division I national rankings to No. 12 in the country.

The Lady ‘Runners handled the Lady Dragons 8-0 in five innings in the opener. Boucher’s three-run blast led the offense, with Kali Holcomb also driving home a run in a five-run first inning. Vegas, Jynelle Pangelinan and Miranda Wiggins also picked up RBI in the win. Whitney Howerton won in the circle, tossing a four-hit shutout while striking out two Lady Dragons.

Paris looked poise for the split in the evening affair, small-balling its way to a five-run third inning to take a 5-2 lead. Davis and Vegas had gone back-to-back with solo homers in the first for a 2-0 lead, only to see the Lady Dragons answer two innings later.

The Lady Roadrunners rebounded with an offensive explosion, scoring 10 third-inning runs before the Lady Dragons recorded an out. Pangelinan ripped a three-run triple into the right-field corner, Kayla Lahrmann and Taylor LaGrange added RBI singles and Hinkelman lofted a two-run homer over the left-field fence. Davis ended the inning with a two-run blast of her own – the record breaker – and the Lady ‘Runners were on their way to the sweep and the record books.

Taylor Odom picked up the pitching win for AC, now 33-14, 14-6 on the season, will play at Navarro College on Saturday. Game time for the doubleheader is 1 p.m.

 

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

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.

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