Lady ‘Runner Softball Splits with No. 11 Blinn

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Taylor Odom gave herself – and her teammates – a nice birthday present on Sunday.

Odom shut down the No. 11 Blinn College Lady Buccaneers in the nightcap of the day’s doubleheader, leading AC to a 2-1 win while stopping a potent Blinn offense that had hammered the Lady ‘Runners 14-2 in the opener.

Odom held the Lady Bucs to one run on six hits over seven innings, getting a huge defensive assist from right fielder Bryli Lee. When Blinn put two runners aboard with one in the sixth, Lee ran down a liner along the right field line for the catch, then threw a strike to third base to nail Lady Buc runner Katie Andre to end the inning and thwart the Blinn rally. Odom then retired the Lady Buccaneers in order in the seventh for the win.

Kayla Lahrmann’s two-run homer in the second followed Lee’s double to stake Odom to the lead.

Blinn hammered 19 hits and 14 runs in the 14-2 win in the opener. Meghann Wrinkle contributed a pair of three-run triples, clearing the bags in the second inning with a drive down the third-base line and emptying the sacks in the fourth with a shot down the right side. Lynsey Mitchell drove in both AC runs with a first-inning double.

The Lady Roadrunners play next at the Lamar State-Port Arthur tournament starting Friday in Port Arthur.

Angelina College second baseman Miranda Wiggins throws from her knees after a diving stop during Sunday’s doubleheader against Blinn College. The Lady Roadrunners split with the 11th-ranked Lady Bucs, dropping the first game 14-2 before bouncing back for a 2-1 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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