From AC Athletics
For a full four innings of Thursday’s doubleheader opener against Paris College, Angelina College hitters couldn’t get the wind to cooperate.
With a hard breeze blowing straight into batters’ faces all day long, the hard-hitting Lady Roadrunners watched several potential homers die as outs against the outfield fence. Then the 17th -ranked Lady ‘Runners switched tactics to a small-ball approach and ended up scoring 36 runs in a 14-3, 22-1 sweep of the Lady Dragons at the Larry Phillips Family Sports Complex in Lufkin.
Trailing 3-1 in the fourth inning of the first game, AC’s ladies began bunting their way aboard. After Nikki Whitehead’s two-run double – set up in part with a bunt single from Jessica Husband – Tristin Anders scored Husband on a suicide squeeze, and Whitehead caught the Dragon defense off-guard long enough to score from second on the same play.
Those short-range hits ignited the offense for the rest of the day, with Makayla Rodger finishing off the opener with a grand-slam in bottom of the fifth for the 14-3 win. The bats didn’t cool off one bit in the nightcap, with Anders driving in six runs herself, including a bases-loaded triple in the second inning.