‘Runner Rally Clinches Tournament Berth

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Angelina College shortstop Nathan Miranda (7) squeezes the ball after a force out at second base during Tuesday’s game against Northeast Texas Community College. The Roadrunners capped a three-game sweep with a 7-1 win in the opener followed by a 10-9 win in the nightcap, with AC rallying for seven runs in the ninth inning to clinch a post-season berth. (AC Press photo by Gary Stallard)
Angelina College shortstop Nathan Miranda (7) squeezes the ball after a force out at second base during Tuesday’s game against Northeast Texas Community College. The Roadrunners capped a three-game sweep with a 7-1 win in the opener followed by a 10-9 win in the nightcap, with AC rallying for seven runs in the ninth inning to clinch a post-season berth. (AC Press photo by Gary Stallard)

The Angelina College Roadrunners were a couple of outs away from having to perform some serious mathematical equations to determine their chances for making the post-season.

But after a seven-run, ninth-inning rally ended in a walk-off and a dog pile, the ‘Runners can now book their hotel rooms in Sugar Land.

Alex Walker’s RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth scored Chase Adams from second base to give AC a 10-9 win over the Northeast Texas Community College Eagles Tuesday at Roadrunner Field.

The win capped a three-game sweep over the Eagles after AC took a 7-1 win in Tuesday’s opener. A loss would have left the berth open depending upon the results from the upcoming series with Paris College.

AC trailed 9-3 heading into their final at-bat before setting up the come-from-behind heroics. With the bases loaded after Mitchell Andrews took a pitch off his thigh, Tony Lima singled and Ryan Bellamy drew a walk, Dustin West drove in a pair of runs with a single to left center. Chris Estrada picked up an RBI sacrifice fly to cut the Eagle lead to 9-6. Mitch Henshaw drew a walk and Cort McPherson got hit with a pitch to load the bases. A wild pitch allowed West to score, then Chase Adams tied the game with a two-run double to left center.

Walker, pinch hitting, then lifted along fly ball to the outfield an Eagle fielder lost in the lights, allowing Adams to score the game winner and tournament clincher.

Mitchell Andrews bent a solo homer just inside the pole in left field earlier in the game, and Adams added an RBI infield single. Henshaw added an RBI single in the eighth.

NTCC’s Carlos Roman blasted a seventh-inning grand slam for the Eagles.

In the early game, Jacob Finke belted a two-run homer, and Bellamy and Henshaw each drove in runs in AC’s 7-1 win.

The Roadrunners will host a three-game series with Paris College beginning with a single, nine-inning game on Friday. That game will start at 3 p.m. The series and the regular season will wrap up on Saturday with a doubleheader scheduled to start at 1 p.m. The Roadrunners will celebrate Sophomore Day following the nightcap.

The Region XIV Conference Tournament opens play on Saturday, May 14 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land.

The e-mail address for AC’s Sports Information Director is gstallard@angelina.edu.

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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