AC Baseball Sweeps Cedar Valley in Home Opener


As the Angelina College Roadrunner baseball team works toward establishing its pitching rotation, the team appears able to rest easy when it comes to the offense.

The ‘Runners swept Cedar Valley on Friday, hammering the Suns 14-0 in the first game and taking the second game 6-5 in AC’s home opener at Roadrunner Field.

In the opener, Mitchell Andrews drove in five runs that included a grand slam, Alex Walker hit a three-run shot and Jacob Finke added an opposite-field solo homer to back pitcher Elijah Rodriguez, who struck out five and walked no one over his five innings of work. Reid Garrett tossed scoreless baseball in his two innings of relief.

The Roadrunners capped the sweep with a 6-5 win in the nightcap.

AC will host Temple College on Sunday. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday but moved because of impending inclement weather.

Sunday’s doubleheader starts at 2 p.m.


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Angelina College pitcher Elijah Rodriguez delivers to a Cedar Valley hitter during Friday’s doubleheader at Roadrunner Field. Rodriguez tossed five shutout innings in AC’s 14-0 win in the opener, and the Roadrunners capped the sweep with a 6-5 win in the nightcap. (AC Press photo)


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Angelina College’s Jacob Finke watches his opposite-field solo homer leave the park during Friday’s doubleheader at Roadrunner Field. AC pounded out 13 hits in a 14-0 win in the opener, and the Roadrunners capped the sweep with a 6-5 win in the nightcap. (AC Press photo

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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