The Angelina College Lady Roadrunners went the entire 2010 season without a homer in their new ball park.
In Monday's nightcap against North Central Texas, they got two – and none bigger than Taylor Sells' two-out, three-run walk-off homer to lift AC to its first win of the season.
Sells' shot over the center-field wall capped a five-run rally with the Lady ‘Runners down to their last out and facing a sweep. This after former Lufkin Lady Panther Caitlyn Samford etched her name in the record books with the first-ever Lady Roadrunner home run at the new digs: A solo shot over the left-field wall in the second inning.
The big hits came as a relief of sorts to AC head coach Chrystal Vega, especially after seeing her Lady ‘Runners drop the opening game to Northeast Texas College by a 4-1 score. In that game, AC couldn't find the clutch bats, stranding 13 runners over seven innings, including leaving the bases loaded twice.
"That's softball," Vega said. "So many of these games come down to a single run or a single big hit, and we just happened to get those hits in this second game."
The Lady ‘Runners' big seventh inning started with AC trailing 6-2 in the bottom of the inning. Hailey Peet got things started with a single to left and moved to third on Samford's double – her second double of the game to go with her history-making home run. Ashley Thomas drew a walk, and after North Central Texas pitcher Macey Unger got two quick outs, AC's Brittani Stone reached on an error, with two runs scoring on the play. Sells, who had hit the ball hard much of the day, drove a 1-1 pitch over the centerfield wall to send the Lady Roadrunner dugout into an instant celebration.
"Taylor's been feeling it all through the fall and spring, so I knew it was just a matter of time before she got untracked," Vega said.
AC pitcher Kayla Bryan went the distance for the win, allowing four earned runs on 11 Lady Lion hits. Stone and Samford drove in AC's other runs along with Sells' three RBI.
NCT's Jasmine San Miguel finished the game with four RBI on two doubles and a homer.
The Lady Roadrunners dropped the opener to Northeast Texas College by a 4-1 decision despite putting runners in scoring position in five of their seven innings, including leaving the bases loaded twice.
AC will host Bossier Parish College in a Tuesday doubleheader scheduled for a 1 p.m. start at Roadrunner Complex in Lufkin.