By GARY STALLARD
It wasn’t quite the same as this past week’s 36-run, 36-hit offensive performance against Paris Junior College, but Sunday’s sweep was equally impressive.
Angelina College’s 17th-ranked Lady Roadrunners practiced patience at the plate, moving runners station-to-station until the big bats came alive in sweeping Northeast Texas Community College 8-3 and 14-4 Sunday at the Larry Phillips Family Sports Complex in Lufkin.
Riley Garrett homered in each game of the twin bill, and Emilee Cernosek homered twice in the nightcap to lead AC to its eighth win in the past nine games. Kaylee Ancelot launched her team-leading ninth homer in the second game.
The Lady ‘Runners spent most of the first game trying to solve Lady Eagle pitching, scratching out runs on Cernosek’s RBI single in the first inning and Tristin Anders’ RBI double and sacrifice flies from Ancelot and Cernosek in the third.
The 4-2 AC lead held up through the fifth inning, when Garett blasted a long three-run homer following Anders’ second RBI double of the game.
Lady ‘Runner pitcher Shelby Mixon finished with a complete-game win, pushing her season record to 8-1.
AC hitters were just as patient in the nightcap but were able to jump out to a quicker start thanks to Cernosek’s three-run bomb in the bottom of the first. NTCC took a 4-3 lead in the fifth, only to have AC’s Ancelot put the Lady ‘Runners back on top with a three-run blast in the bottom of the frame. Garrett cleared the scoreboard in right field with a two-run shot in the top of the sixth, and Cernosek walked it off with a three-run homer for the final 14-4 margin of victory.
McKenna Fryar earned her 10th pitching win of the season, scattering six hits over six innings.
The Lady Roadrunners (20-6, 7-3) travel to Alvin College on Tuesday for a doubleheader scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.
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