The Angelina College Roadrunners made it three wins in four games with Sunday's split against Alvin, taking the nightcap 6-1 after dropping the opener 8-6 in extra innings.
Bobby McCormack tossed a beauty of a complete game in AC's win, allowing just one run on two hits over seven innings of work. At one point, the freshman lefty from League City retired 11 straight Dolphin hitters, finally allowing a solo homer to Alvin's Jordan Camel in the sixth inning before retiring the final four batters in order. McCormack finished with six strikeouts to just one walk in earning the win.
On the hitting side of the game, Todd Wallace drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double in the third; Zach Taylor picked up an easy RBI with a bases-loaded walk; Seth Spivey, who went 2-for-3, doubled in a run in the fourth; and Zach Cordia – who stole two bases in the game – scored Austin Land with a single in the sixth.
The Dolphins got a leadoff single from Joe Tallerine in the first, but McCormack held them hitless over the next five innings, allowing his only walk of the game in the second. After an AC error in the same frame, McCormack did not allow another Dolphin to reach base other than Camel.
In the opener, the Roadrunners nearly pulled off another late-inning rally, tying the game with four runs in the seventh inning to send the game to an extra frame. Trailing 6-2, AC got consecutive singles from Ryan Wilburn and Zach Taylor to open the inning, scored on a pair of Alvin errors – the Dolphins committed seven in the game, allowing the ‘Runners to score six unearned runs – a steal of home by Grant Clyde ahead of a double steal and an RBI fielder's choice from Keith Cormier to tie the game at 6-6.
But Alvin capitalized on a couple of AC miscues to pick up two runs in the inning. Kevin Peters struck out swinging but reached first on a wild-pitch third strike, coming around to score on a Roadrunner infield error. Robert Hoffman singled with two down and crossed the plate after the second AC error of the inning to lift the Dolphins to the 8-6 win.
That left it up to McCormack to salvage the split, and his brilliant effort pushed AC's record to 8-6 on the young season.
The Roadrunners travel to Galveston on Wednesday for a doubleheader scheduled to start at noon. On Friday, AC opens a three-day tournament composed of four teams. Friday's schedule includes AC vs. Highland College at 10 a.m., Temple College vs. Bossier Parish College at 1 p.m., AC vs. Temple at 4 p.m. and Highland College vs. Bossier Parish at 7 p.m.