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Lady Roadrunner Softball Seasons Ends at World Series

AC’s ladies began the week with the World Series kickoff banquet Monday in Alabama – at the famed Talladega Superspeedway Track, no less. The players got to burn a couple of laps around the track while on the team bus, and the banquet took place in the facility placed in the track’s infield.

On Tuesday, bad weather completely scrambled the day’s schedule, leaving the Lady ‘Runners with the day’s final game – one that wouldn’t start until nearly 11 p.m. AC battled No. 4 Walters State before falling short in a 3-0 loss.

In Wednesday’s elimination game, AC bounced back impressively to hammer Eastern Arizona 7-0. Kaetlyn Dunbar homered and drove in two runs, Hailey Fuentes added another two RBI and Skyler Martin and Bailey Frenzel provided run-scoring hits. Pitcher Mia Gilmore tossed a complete-game shutout to earn the win in the circle.

However, a late (and controversial) ejection meant the already-short-handed Lady ‘Runners would be another player down on Thursday.

Sure enough, the situation was just a little too much to overcome, as AC fell to Kaskaskia College 6-4 to end the Lady Roadrunners’ season. The loss marked the final games for Lady Roadrunner sophomores Hailey Fuentes, Alyssa Collazo, Madi Baker, Mia Gilmore, Lace Tangianau, Morgan Louviere, Bailey Frenzel, Haley Primrose and Gianna Wade.

The Lady ‘Runners finished with 27-23 record and the program’s third appearance in the NJCAA World Series.

Kohring Earns Coach of the Year Award

More post-season accolades certainly are on the way, but AC Softball head coach Brette Kohring got things started on a high note during Monday’s World Series banquet. There, Kohring received the Mid-South A District Coach of the Year Award following her inaugural season as a head coach at any level.

The new plaque was just the latest addition to Kohring’s awards earned at Angelina College. The former Lady Roadrunner softball standout turned in two solid seasons as a highly productive hitter in the middle of the AC lineup, leading the Lady Roadrunners to the national tournament in 2019, where AC finished as the No. 2 team in the nation. Over her two years as a player, Kohring batted .381 with 12 homers, 24 doubles and 79 runs batted in.

Along the way, Kohring racked up a number of individual awards, including NFCA Academic All-American, 1st Team Region XIV East All-Conference, 1st Team All-Region XIV, and NFCA 1st Team All Midwest Region.

She is the daughter of Amanda and Russel Kohring of Brenham, Texas.

Summer Camps for Athletics:

Any youngster looking for something fun and productive to do this summer (and any

parent looking to get the kids out of the house for a few hours) can look to Camp Roadrunner to come to the rescue. Camp Roadrunner and the athletics camps offer kids a full day of fun and instruction in numerous areas, guaranteeing no one is going to feel bored. (And parents, they’re going to come home tired. You win!)

The Athletics youth camps dates are as follows:

Baseball: June 5-7, Poland Field on the AC Campus

Softball: June 12-15, Lady Roadrunner Softball Field on the AC Campus

Basketball: June 12-15 and July 10-13, Shands Gymnasium on the AC Campus

Soccer: June 12-15 and July 24-27, the Angelina College Soccer Complex

Full registration and other information is located at

https://www.angelina.edu/camproadrunner/ .

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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