AC Outlasts Paris College in Extra Innings; Lady Roadrunners Win Nailbiter In Conference Opener

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BOSSIER CITY, LA – All game long, the Angelina College Lady Roadrunners threatened to blow it all wide open, putting runners on base in nearly every inning – but AC hitters were left frustrated, unable to come up with the big hit.

When the break finally arrived, it did so in the form of a couple of gifts.

With one out in the top of the eighth inning, AC’s Haley Primrose reached first base thanks to a Paris College error. Alyssa Collazo followed with a single, and Brynn Davis drew a walk to load the bases. Hailey Fuentes then hit a sharp ground ball to third base for a force out there, but the throw to first sailed out of play, allowing Primrose to score the go-ahead run.

Lady ‘Runner pitcher Mia Gilmore then stepped into the circle and mowed down the Lady Dragons with three straight strikeouts, giving the Lady Roadrunners a 4-3 win in extra innings in Friday’s Region XIV Conference Tournament opener in Bossier City, Louisiana.

AC’s Bailey Frenzel rocked a solo homer in the first inning to stake Lady Roadrunner starting pitcher Morgan Louviere, who allowed just two hits and two runs in three full innings, to a quick 1-0 lead. Paris scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the third for a 2-1 Lady Dragon lead, but the Lady ‘Runners evened the score in the top of the fifth on Fuentes’ RBI single to score Davis. Kaetlyn Dunbar dropped an RBI single behind the first-base bag to score Fuentes for the 3-2 AC edge.

The Lady Dragons answered again, picking up the tying run on a pair of singles and an RBI groundout.

AC went right back to work in the eighth, with Fuentes helping push Primrose across the plate for the game-winner. Gilmore finished her five innings of work with six strikeouts and a single earned run allowed.

The Lady Roadrunners on Saturday will face the winner of the Galveston College/Tyler Junior College game played late Friday night. Game time for AC is 7:30 p.m. at Bossier Parish Community College in Bossier City.

The email address is gstallard@angelina.edu.

Angelina College second baseman Lace Tangianau throws over a Paris College runner after a force at second during Friday’s game. The Lady Roadrunners edged the Lady Dragons 4-3 in eight innings in the opening round of the Region XIV Conference Tournament in Bossier City, La. (Gary Stallard/AC Athletics photo)
Angelina College’s Bailey Frenzel (20) receives congratulations from head coach Brette Kohring following Frenzel’s first-inning homer in Friday’s game against Paris College. The Lady Roadrunners edged the Lady Dragons 4-3 in eight innings in the opening round of the Region XIV Conference Tournament in Bossier City, La. (Gary Stallard/AC Athletics photo)
Angelina College third baseman Alyssa Collazo throws across her body for an out at first during Friday’s game against Paris College. The Lady Roadrunners edged the Lady Dragons 4-3 in eight innings in the opening round of the Region XIV Conference Tournament in Bossier City, La. (Gary Stallard/AC Athletics photo)
Angelina College second baseman Lace Tangianau runs down a fly ball in short right field during Friday’s game against Paris College. The Lady Roadrunners edged the Lady Dragons 4-3 in eight innings in the opening round of the Region XIV Conference Tournament in Bossier City, La. (Gary Stallard/AC Athletics photo)
Teammates swarm Angelina College pitcher Mia Gilmore after Gilmore struck out the side to end Friday’s game against Paris College. The Lady Roadrunners edged the Lady Dragons 4-3 in eight innings in the opening round of the Region XIV Conference Tournament in Bossier City, La. (Gary Stallard/AC Athletics 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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