Roadrunner Baseball Splits with San Jacinto, win nightcap

AC News Service

After spending the entirety of the opening game waiting for a big hit that didn't happen, the Angelina College Roadrunners spent the nightcap manufacturing runs instead.

AC bounced back from a 6-2 loss in which the offense stranded several runners in key situation to win Sunday's second game by a 4-0 score. In that game, the Roadrunners remained aggressive throughout, stealing five bases, bunting for three hits and executing a pair of perfect hit-and-run situations.

Those four runs were more than enough to back a strong start from Cory Lapeze, who tossed eight innings of shutout baseball with the help of an error-free defense. In the fourth and fifth innings, Lapeze benefitted from a pair of double plays, including Zach Taylor's "unintentional" drop of a line drive resulting in a twin killing. In the seventh, with Gators standing on second and third and nobody out, AC second baseman Seth Spivey made a leaping grab to spear a line drive destined for the gap in right center to preserve the shutout.

To build the four-run lead, the Roadrunners took advantage of some game-opening wildness from San Jac starter Skylar Janisse, who hit Seth Spivey and C.J. Jarvis in succession in the 'Runners' first at-bat. Zach Taylor's sacrifice bunt attempt rolled to a perfect stop for an infield single to load the bases; and Grant Jaster's sacrifice fly scored Spivey for a 1-0 AC lead.

In the fourth, Dylan Bates led off with an infield single, stole second and moved to third on Jacoby Almaraz' double off the right-field wall. Matt Sinclair's sacrifice fly scored Bates, but San Jac right fielder Reggie Wilson ruined AC's chances for a big inning with back-to-back spectacular plays, including an inning-ending diving catch of Jarvis' sinking liner.

AC managed two runs in the fifth on a walk by Travis Walker and consecutive singles from Grant Jaster, Colten Walla and Dylan Bates.

Lapeze continued his mastery of the Gators, finally giving way to Jerin Spikes, who pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the win.

In the opener, the Gators simply put together the timely hits and the Roadrunners didn't, with San Jacinto getting five of its six runs on two-out hits. Reggie Wilson launched a two-out, two-run homer in the third, scored on an Esteban Gomez sacrifice fly in the sixth and drove in another run with a two-out single in the seventh. The Gators were able to put together a three-run seventh in the seven-inning game.

The Roadrunners got RBI singles from Dyllan McGregor and Dylan Bates, each following doubles from Bates and Travis Walker; but they left runners stranded in four of the seven frames.

Starting pitchers for each team went the distance, with San Jacinto's A.J. Glasshof getting the complete-game win after striking out seven and walking just one while scattering seven Roadrunner hits. Matt Roberts for AC only allowed five hits, striking out two and walking two to take the loss.

The Roadrunners (3-4, 2-1) will host Blinn College in a single nine-inning game beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday.