Granted, they were facing a Michigan team that, because of the recent bout of bad weather in the northern region, hadn't been able to find its own field under several feet of snow in the past few weeks.
Nevertheless, that didn't take anything away from the Angelina College Roadrunners' offensive explosion on Friday.
AC bats erupted for 41 runs in the two-game series with Henry Ford College, with the ‘Runners beating the Hawks 23-0 and 18-0 at Roadrunner Field in Lufkin.
Grant Clyde epitomized AC's prowess at the plate, blasting a pair of three-run homers in the very first inning of the opener – and missing a third three-run bomb by mere inches later in the game. Clyde finished with six RBI in the 23-0, five-inning win in which the first 13 Roadrunner hitters reached base in a 15-run first inning.
Zach Taylor also padded his offensive stats, knocking in five runs with a grand slam and a sacrifice fly.
Not that he needed that much run support, but Chase Greening no-hit the Hawks for three full innings. Jeff Spillane pitched a hitless fourth, and Ian Gardek closed out the game despite allowing Henry Ford's lone hit.
AC head coach Jeff Livin juggled his lineup in the nightcap and got the same result. Jeremy Batts blasted a two-run homer, Tommy Henk finished with three doubles and a single in five at-bats, Zach Cordia tripled home a run to go with a pair of singles and K.J. Semien added two RBI with a double and a single. For the game, the Roadrunners hammered out 12 extra-base hits.
Starting pitcher Bobby McCormack was nearly as greedy as Greening, retiring nine of the 10 Hawk batters he faced. Paul Korte's second-inning single was one of two HFCC hits in the game, with Alan Delathon's single in the seventh accounting for the other one.
The Roadrunners will open conference play on the road in Paris College on Wednesday with a doubleheader scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. AC's next home stand will be on Saturday, March 19th against Lon Morris College.