No. 12 Lady Roadrunners Fall to Paris in Tournament Second Round

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AC Will Play Elimination Game on Saturday

PARIS – A 20-mph wind blowing out of the park typically is an advantage for an Angelina College softball team known for its home-run capabilities.

But on Friday, the Paris Lady Dragons – specifically Suzanne Sosa – took advantage of the big breeze.

Sosa homered three times to lead Paris to a 12-3 win over the No. 12 Lady Roadrunners in Region XIV Conference Tournament action at San Jacinto College in Houston.

Sosa hit a solo shot in the first, a three-run blast in the third and the walk-off three-run bomb in the sixth to account for seven of the Lady Dragons’ 12 runs. When Paris hitters weren’t going deep, they were reaching base via dribblers through the infield or shallow dinkers into the outfield. In all, the Lady Dragons finished with 13 hits.

Kayla Boucher homered for the Lady Roadrunners, launching a two-run shot in the top of the sixth inning. Jynelle Pangelinan also drove in an AC run with a single in the third.

However, the Lady Roadrunners had little luck against Paris pitcher Cela Jo Hernandez. The left-hander allowed five scattered hits to the hard-hitting AC lineup.

The Lady Roadrunners will play Tyler College, 20-4 winners over Navarro College on Friday, in an elimination game at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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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