AC News Service
It's not that the Angelina College baseball team hasn't been making contact. The relatively low batting averages fail to reflect the team's consistency in putting the ball in play.
It's just that the ‘Runners haven't been able to get anything to avoid opposing defensive players' gloves – at least not until Monday.
AC tallied 15 runs by banging out 15 hits – all singles – in sweeping Lon Morris 7-3 and 8-2 at Roadrunner Field.
The Roadrunners jumped on Bearcat starter Jonathan Massey in the first inning of the opener, scoring four runs in the first and two in the second to win 7-3. Seth Spivey, Travis Walker and Jacoby Almaraz drove in runs in that inning, aided by three walks issued by Massey, who left after just one-third of an inning pitched.
In the second inning, Dylan Bates and Grant Jaster drove in runs after singles from C.J. Jarvis and Spivey. Vince Mejia tacked on a 6th-inning insurance run by drawing a walk, stealing second and scoring on a Bearcat throwing error.
AC starting pitcher Zach Boswell picked up the win, finishing with eight strikeouts – including four in the first inning. Boswell struck out Warren Stehn, but the ball skipped away long enough for Stehn to reach first. After a walk to Miles Holley, Boswell struck out Dennis Koenck for his fourth K of the inning. Josh Keith threw three innings of scoreless relief to close out the win.
In the nightcap, the ‘Runners needed three innings to solve Bearcat starter Josh Simmons, who held AC hitless and scoreless over the first three frames.
But the Roadrunners collected three runs on four singles, with Mejia driving in a pair of runs with a single to left field and Jarvis adding another RBI with a single to right. AC added three more runs in the fourth, using three walks and a pair of singles – including a two-run single from Keith Cormier – to take a 6-2 lead. Travis Walker drove in two more in the sixth with a single to left.
Those runs made a winner of Jacob McNeil, who went six innings while scattering five hits and striking out a batter. Dwayne Snider issued a leadoff walk and a single in the seventh before striking out the next three batters to end the game.
The Roadrunners (9-11, 5-6) will travel to Alvin on Thursday for a 2 p.m. start. The doubleheader with Alvin originally scheduled for Saturday has been moved to Friday at 2 p.m. Live audio/video streaming of those games will be available by logging on to www.angelina.edu and clicking on the Athletics link.
Gary L. Stallard