Hot Bats on a Cold Day: AC Softball Rolls in Roadrunner Roundup


They started the day as if they’d rather be playing in warmer temperatures, but the Angelina College Lady Roadrunner softball team heated up quickly – and the fire in the bats carried on throughout the rest of the day.

Hosting the Roadrunner Roundup as part of Coaches vs. Cancer, AC hammered Vernon College 24-2 in the early game and polished off Jarvis College 12-2 in the middle game of the triple-header. The Lady ‘Runners capped their night with a 17-2 win over Vernon, giving AC three straight wins by the 10-run rule.

Vernon took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning of the early game, only to see AC explode for a three-run first and a 13-run second inning. Taylor Davis singled three times, doubled once and scored four runs; Miranda Wiggins singled three times and scored three runs, Shay Vegas doubled twice and singled once to drive in three runs and Heather Kulhanek went 3-for-4 with three singles and a double.

Against Jarvis, Kayla Boucher launched a two-run homer, Lynsey Mitchell drove in two runs with a double and a single and Jynelle Pangelinan collected three hits in four trips to the plate in AC’s 12-2 win.

Finally, in the coldest part of the day – the late-night rematch against Vernon – both Shay Vegas and Bryli Lee blasted grand slams to lead the Lady ‘Runners to their third win of the day.

AC will host Blinn College at 2 p.m. Sunday at Roadrunner Complex in Lufkin.




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Heather Kulhanek Slide:

Heather Kulhanek of Angelina College jars the ball loose from Vernon shortstop Sarrah Mains during Friday’s game at Roadrunner Complex. The Lady Roadrunners won all three games by run rule on Coaches vs. Cancer Day, beating Vernon 24-2 in the early game, Jarvis by a 12-2 score in the middle game and Vernon again 17-2 in the nightcap.


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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