Sweet home Angelina, Lady Roadrunner softball hosts home opener Friday

AC News Service

If the Angelina College Lady Roadrunner softball team was excited about Friday's home opener before, picking up a road sweep at Trinity Valley on Wednesday may have cranked that excitement up a few notches more.

AC traveled to Athens for the season opener and left with a 2-0 record after beating the Lady Cardinals 10-2 and 7-5. Those results might have been surprising to some considering the number of freshmen permeating the roster; but to head coach Chrystal Vega, there was nothing surprising about it.

"It really reinforced our own expectations," Vega said. "We're small as far as numbers to; we went to Athens with just 14 players. We did exactly what we've been working every day in practice, and that was reassuring."

Both Lady Roadrunner pitchers "held up well", according to Vega. Freshmen Taylor Thompson and Shelby Phillips each went the distance in their collegiate debuts; and the Lady 'Runner defense was solid behind them.

And, of course, there was the offense.

"It sure helps when your offense can score 17 runs over two games," Vega said.

Jordan Garza drove in four runs and Laura Martinez went 3-for-4, scoring twice and stealing a base. Sophomore Taylor Brookshire collected two hits, scoring twice and driving in a run; and Molly Mackey singled twice and doubled in her first game as a Lady Roadrunner.

Wednesday's success had the team pumped during Thursday's practice session preceding Friday's home doubleheader against Texarkana.

"We're anxious to play in front of our own fans at our own field," Vega said. "That's always a big boost."

Friday's games are scheduled to start at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at Roadrunner Complex in Lufkin.