Angelina College Athletics Weekly Update

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Angelina College Softball is heading into its last week of the regular season with hopes of earning a spot in the upcoming conference tournament. The Roadrunner baseball team is in the same boat, with just a few games remaining on the regular-season schedule and a playoff berth in sight.

There was a long-awaited reunion of national champions, just to top off the week’s activities.

Here’s a recap of the week, along with some upcoming events.      

Lady Roadrunner Softball Splits Conference Games

Alvin College (10-8) currently sits in fourth place in the Region XIV South Zone. Lamar State College-Port Arthur is right behind the Dolphins in fifth place at 8-10.

And bearing down on them with hopes of taking over the fourth and final spot for a conference tournament berth is Angelina College’s Lady Roadrunners.

AC kept its postseason hopes alive by splitting this past week’s games with the two teams ahead of the Lady Roadrunners in the standings. The Lady ‘Runners fell to Alvin 3-2 in Monday’s opener at Lady Roadrunner Field before bouncing back with a 7-2 win in the nightcap.  Riley Davila, River Hulsey, Angelina Postel, McKenna Ross and Brianna Collazo each drove in a run in AC’s win.

Wednesday in Port Arthur, the Lady Roadrunners suffered a tough 12-5 loss in five innings, only to bounce back with a clutch 4-3 win in the late game. Sandra Quiroz-Catalan rocked her second homer of the day, Riley Davila drove in a pair of runs and Linsey McKnight added an RBI to pace AC’s 14-hit attack. Pitcher Jocelyn Cantu earned the win in the circle, tossing a complete game while allowing just two earned runs.

This week is “make or break” for the Lady Roadrunners who are in the final six-game stretch of the regular season. AC hosts Blinn College on Monday starting at 1 p.m. (the doubleheader originally was scheduled for this past Saturday). The Lady ‘Runners then host Coastal Bend Community College on Wednesday starting at 11 a.m. at Lady Roadrunner Field; and AC closes out the regular season Saturday at Galveston College in a twin bill set for a 1 p.m. start.

The Lady Roadrunners will celebrate Sophomore Day following Monday’s games against Blinn College.  

Roadrunner Baseball Not Out of the Running Yet

Considering all the bad luck with injuries this season, the fact the Roadrunners are still battling for a postseason spot is testament to the team’s stubborn nature.

Wednesday’s win over Paris College was a perfect example.

The Roadrunners battled for a thrilling 12-11 win over the Dragons in 12 innings, with Ashton Wagner hustling home with the game-winning run ahead of Sean Bazmore’s fielder’s choice. AC then split Friday’s games in Paris, dropping the opener 6-4 but taking the nightcap in a 4-3 win. Dalton Mullins drove in two runs, while Bazmore and Mason Lampe each added an RBI to back pitcher Ethan Jezierski’s 9-inning, complete-game gem. Jezierski struck out five Dragons while allowing just two earned runs.

Earlier, on Monday, AC picked up a win over non-conference foe Dallas College-Mountain View. The Roadrunners blanked DCMV 10-0 in six innings, with Jacob Tanguma, Sean Bazmore, Christian Letendre and Hayden Hupe each picking up two RBI.

The Roadrunners (18-28, 8-16) are now just two games back of fourth-place Panola College (21-23, 10-14) for the final playoff berth in the Region XIV North Zone.

AC hosts non-divisional opponent Wharton College on Monday in a single, 9-inning game scheduled for a 4 p.m. start.

The Roadrunners then embark on a crucial, three-game series against Northeast Texas Community College. Game 1 takes place at 1 p.m. on Wednesday in Mount Pleasant, and the teams will close out the series Saturday at AC’s Poland Field in a doubleheader set for a 1 p.m. start.

The ‘Runners will celebrate Sophomore Day on Saturday.

Softball National Champions 10-Year Reunion:

To date, they’re still the only national championship team in Angelina College history.

On Saturday, the winners came together for their 10th-year reunion.

The 2014 Lady Roadrunner softball team, winners of the NJCAA Division I National Championship, gathered inside Shands Gymnasium for some memory-sharing and some catching up.

Click the link for the full story:

https://angelina.prestosports.com/general/2023-24/releases/acsb2014champsreunion2024

UPCOMING: AC Signing Ceremony

AC Athletics plans to hold a massive signing event on Tuesday, with several current sophomores from every sport scheduled to sign their commitments to playing at the next level. AC Athletics will issue an announcement relaying pertinent information (time and location) early on Monday.

This Week’s Schedule (NOTE: Baseball and softball subject to change with pending inclement weather:

Roadrunner Baseball:

Monday, April 22: AC vs. Wharton College, single 9-inning game starting at f p.m. at Poland Field on the AC campus.     

Wednesday, April 24: AC at Northeast Texas Community College single 9-inning game starting at 1 p.m. in Mount Pleasant.

Saturday, April 27: AC vs. NTCC, doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. at Poland Field. (Sophomore Day)

Lady Roadrunner Softball:

Monday, April 22: AC vs. Blinn College, DH starting at 2 p.m. at Lady Roadrunner Field on the AC campus. (Sophomore Night)

Wednesday, April 24: AC vs. Coastal Bend CC, DH starting at 1 p.m. at Lady Roadrunner Field.

Saturday, April 27: AC at Galveston College, DH starting at 1 p.m. at Lady Roadrunner Field.  

For up-to-date information on any potential schedule changes, AC fans can visit the Angelina College Athletics website (www.angelinaathletics.com) or follow on social media (@ACAthletics on X/Twitter, or Angelina College Athletics Facebook page.)

Reminder: Nearly all Angelina College games (even road games) are live-streamed on TSBN Sports. Visit the Angelina College Athletics website (www.angelinaathletics.com), look for the scrolling schedule on the right, and click the blue “Video” link for the game you’re wanting to watch. (If there’s no blue link, that means TSBN isn’t streaming that particular game.)

For any other information, contact Gary Stallard at gstallard@angelina.edu.

We’ll see you at the games.

Gary Stallard
Email: gstallard@angelina.edu.
Phone: (936) 465-4614

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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