No. 18 Roadrunners Split with First-Place Texarkana

Most of the time, when an opposing team brings in a pitcher from the bullpen late in a game, the next hitter will look at a couple of pitches just to see what the new guy's got.

Seth Spivey wasn't waiting around for any such thing.

The Brenham freshman swung at the first pitch he saw from Texarkana reliever Justin Choate, ripping a single into center field to score teammate Keith Cormier with what proved to be the game-winning run in Angelina College's 5-4 win over Texarkana Wednesday at Roadrunner Complex in Lufkin.

The nightcap victory gave the 18th-ranked Roadrunners a split with the first-place team in Region XIV's East Zone after the Bulldogs pulled out a 5-3 win in the opener.

Texarkana entered the afternoon as the best-hitting team in Region XIV, amassing a phenomenal .382 team batting average. They faced a Roadrunner pitching staff also ranked first with a miniscule 2.32 team ERA.

AC's pitching proved itself over the 16-inning doubleheader: Ryan Bonnot, who started the opener, allowed nine hits over six innings, giving up allowing just three earned runs before giving way to Taylor Holt. Unfortunately for Bonnot, the Bulldogs managed to post a pair of unearned runs thanks to miscues from the Roadrunner defense – specifically a couple of fly balls lost in the sun turning into scoring opportunities for Texarkana.

The Bulldogs' Rob Tasin, who leads the league in hitting with a .529 batting average, damaged the Roadrunners with an RBI triple in the fifth, scoring on Justin Copeland's sacrifice fly in leading Texarkana to the 5-3 victory.

The Roadrunners also struggled to find the clutch hit, stranding a total of 10 runners over seven innings.

AC bounced back in the nightcap, getting six solid innings from starter Luis DeJesus, who allowed just two runs on eight hits to a team averaging 13 hits per game. Nick Huff entered in the seventh, and the Groveton sophomore allowed just one run in earning the win. Following Spivey's big hit in the eighth, Huff returned to the mound and proceeded to close out the Bulldogs with a 1-2-3 inning.

In the win, AC's scoring came from Grant Clyde's RBI single in the first, a sacrifice fly from Todd Wallace and an RBI single from Keith Cormier in the third, an RBI single from Wallace in the fifth and Spivey's game winner in the eighth.

The Roadrunners (27-13, 10-4) will start the second round of conference play in a Saturday doubleheader with Paris College. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.