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AC’s Taylor with Walk-Off Single in 9th to Beat Highland College

            Just a little over a week ago, Angelina College's Zach Taylor caused a celebration in the Roadrunner dugout with a walk-off home run to beat Wharton College.

            On Sunday, Taylor was the go-to guy yet again, this time with a hit that didn't travel quite as far.

            Taylor's soft liner to left field in the bottom of the ninth inning scored Ryan Gunhouse with the game winner to give the Roadrunners a 6-5 over the Highland Scotties at Roadrunner Complex in Lufkin.

            The win also gave the ‘Runners a four-game sweep of the weekend, lifting AC's overall record to 13-7.

            In addition, Taylor's hit helped bail reliever Nick Wright out of a jam: Wright entered the top of the 9th with a 5-2 lead, only to see the Scotties mount a comeback to score three runs and tie the game at 5-5. Wright, who boasts one of the team's lowest ERAs, hit pinch hitter Joshua King with a pitch, gave up a long double to Joshua Reynolds – AC right fielder Gunhouse lost the ball in the sun – and allowed Nick Hathcoat's game-tying two-run single before closing out the inning.

            Highland's three runs handed a no-decision to Roadrunner starter Bobby McCormack, who struck out seven and allowed a single unearned run in five innings of work. Lance Wheeler also made a relief appearance, allowing one run over two innings of work; and Zach Boswell tossed a scoreless eighth inning.

            AC built its early lead on a sacrifice fly by Todd Wallace in the first, an RBI single from Ryan Wilburn in the second, an RBI single from Grant Clyde in the fifth, Wilburn's solo homer in the sixth and an RBI single from Dyllan McGregor in the sixth following Grant Dougherty's triple.

            That appeared to be enough run support until the Scotties put together their three-run inning in the top of the ninth.

            In the bottom of the frame, Gunhouse – who finished the day with two doubles and two singles in four official at-bats – singled to left. Austin Land drew a one-out intentional walk, and Dougherty forced a full count before drawing a free pass to load the bases. Taylor, who'd already singled after entering the game in the eighth, lofted a 1-2 pitch into short left field, sending Gunhouse home with the game winner.

            The Roadrunners will have a full week off before hosting Cedar Valley on Monday, March 7th in a doubleheader scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.

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