Spring 2014 Schedule
4/23/2014 - Roadrunners Edge Closer to Tournament Berth
AC Hosting Panola Thursday in Series Opener
Four teams vying for a tournament berth, with just four games separating the first- through the fourth-place spots. Six games remaining on the regular-season schedule, with those four teams battling one another as the end of the season approaches.
Now that’s a pennant race.
Angelina College’s Roadrunners, currently holding down the third spot in the Region XIV East Zone standings, will on Thursday open a three-game series with Panola College, which happens to sit a game back of AC heading into the weekend. Thursday’s game at Angelina College will be a single, nine-inning affair; then the teams head to Carthage for a doubleheader on Saturday scheduled to start at 2 p.m.
While the Roadrunners and Ponies battle it out this weekend, fifth-place Northeast Texas – which sits in fifth place, a game back of Panola – will try to stay afloat in the race with a road series to Navarro College, which happens to be the second-place team in the conference.
What all this means for the Roadrunners is that by taking the series against Panola, AC would need just one win in three tries in the season-ending series next week at NTCC. The ‘Runners have momentum on their side after a stunning three-game sweep at first-place Paris last weekend behind strong pitching performances from Garrett Cooper, Tanner Griggs and John King to pull off the upsets.
AC’s Thursday game against Panola will start at 3 p.m.
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| Angelina College’s Blaine Gillespie, whose .391 batting average leads the team and is good enough for fourth in the conference, leads the Roadrunners against Panola College in the series opener at Roadrunner Complex in Lufkin. The series concludes in Carthage with Saturday’s doubleheader. (AC Press photo)
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