Softball team ranks No. 16 in nation
A quick glance through the current NJCAA Division I softball statistics pages will reveal quite a bit about the 2019 Angelina College Lady Roadrunners.
This team is downright offensive.
The No. 16 Lady Runners are among national leaders in several hitting categories. The team is ranked No. 8 in team batting average, smacking the ball at a .397 clip. Having six players (Nikki Whitehead, Tristin Anders, Kaylee Ancelot, Brette Kohring, Jessica Husband and Nikki Gonzales) hitting at .400 or better does not hurt one bit. Whitehead leads the team with a .513 average, good enough for 11th in the nation. Kohring is 26th nationally at .490.
Those are not just singles the team is collecting, either. AC’s women are bashing the ball to the tune of a .612 slugging percentage – good enough for 11th nationally. The Lady Runners are 26th in homers with 39 in 32 games despite missing numerous games to weather-related issues. In comparison, Southern Idaho leads the country with 89 homers in 44 games played. Four Lady Roadrunners own slugging percentages of .600 or higher: Ancelot leads the team at .876, Whitehead bops at .773, Kohring is at .710, Sara Mayes is at .698 and Tristin Anders sits at .600.
All that offense has led to great run production. AC boasts 10 players with 15 or more runs batted in with Ancelot leading the way with 48 in 32 games. Ancelot, an Orangefield product, is ranked 25th nationally with 11 homers in 32 games.
Backing such a potent offense is a stout pitching effort. McKenna Fryar is No. 18 in the nation in strikeouts per seven innings at 8.46.
All of which has led to the Lady Roadrunners’ 26-6 record – and a 10-game winning streak – along with mentions in the conversation when it comes to national rankings.
Softball team makes national rankings
The Angelina College Lady Roadrunner softball team has smashed its way into the national rankings courtesy of some hot bats and steady pitching.
The Lady Runners this week made their debut in the recent NJCAA Division I polls, entering at No. 20 in the nation. Despite having lost numerous games to inclement weather, AC’s ladies have put together a 13-5 record thus far.
In addition, the Lady Roadrunners are ranked No. 4 in the nation in overall hitting with the team batting at a .412 clip. Brette Kohring is tied for 4th in the country with a .579 average, and Nikki Whitehead is ranked No. 22 with an average of .515.
Whitehead and Kaylee Ancelot are tied for 7th in the Region XIV East Zone with five homers each. Sara Mayes is tied for 13th with four homers.
AC pitcher McKenna Fryar leads the East Zone with an ERA of 1.63. She’s second in the league in strikeouts with 66 in just 51.2 innings pitched.
Softball team to hold mini-camp
The Angelina College Lady Roadrunner softball team will hold a fall mini-camp for young players on Friday, Nov. 16 under the lights at the Larry Phillips Family Sports Complex on the AC campus.
The camp is for players ages 12-18 and will focus on the fundamentals of fielding, hitting and base running. Instructors will include AC coaches Mark and Barbi Mattson, who led the 2014 Lady Runners to the NJCAA Division I national championship, and members of the current Lady Roadrunner team.
Campers are asked to bring their own equipment. The camp will run from 5-9 p.m.
The cost for the camp is $55, and the deadline to register is Nov. 15. To view the registration form, visit the Angelina College Athletics website at angelina.prestosports.com.
Softball players make coaches’ academic team
The season may have ended in May, but Angelina College’s 2017-2018 Lady Roadrunner softball team continues to earn recognition for its work in the classroom.
On Tuesday, Oct. 2, the Lady Runners were named to the 2017-2018 Easton/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Academic Teams after compiling a team-wide 3.230 grade-point average for the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters.
AC ranked 13th among the National Junior College Athletics Association’s Division I programs and 30th among all two-year schools.
In addition, six Lady Roadrunners earned their places on the Easton/NFCA Scholar Athletes list: Emilee Cernosek and Riley Garrett from Katy; Morgan Conner from Groveton; Megan Kirchhoff from Spring; Taylor Lenggenhager from Austin; and Nikki Whitehead from Kingwood.
Angelina College softball coaches are Mark and Barbi Mattson.
Four Lady Roadrunners Land on All Conference Team
Cernosek Earns First-Team Nod
Four members of the Angelina College Lady Roadrunner softball team landed on the Region XIV All-Conference list with freshman Emilee Cernosek earning First-Team honors and teammates Shelby Mixon, Nikki Whitehead and Jessica Husband making the Second-Team list.
Cernosek, a freshman from Katy, leads the team in home runs with 13. The lefty-swinging second baseman is batting at a .432 clip with a whopping .744 slugging percentage and a team-leading 48 RBI. Her 67 hits led the team.
Freshman pitcher Mixon of Woodville leads the staff with a 17-8 record, a 3.87 ERA and 146.2 innings pitched. Mixon has recorded 79 strikeouts, also first among AC pitchers.
Kingwood Park product Whitehead, hitting .423 with 33 RBI and a .469 on-base percentage, was third on the team with 55 hits.
Husband, also from Kingwood Park, is batting .372 from the leadoff spot. She boasts an on-base percentage of .434 and is second on the team with 58 hits.
Lady Roadrunners lose to Bossier Parish
The Bossier Parish Community College Lady Cavalier softball team boasts leaders in nearly every statistical category in the Region XIV East Zone, and on Wednesday, April 24, the team proved the numbers do not lie.
The Lady Cavs swept the Angelina College Lady Roadrunners 9-4 and 13-2 at the Larry Phillips Family Sports Complex with BPCC starting pitcher Elisa Favela spinning no-hit ball for six innings before allowing a single to AC’s Taylor Lenggenhager and a two-run homer from Jessica Husband. Favela entered Wednesday sporting a 2.32 ERA in conference play.
Favela and teammate Chelsea Fagan also have combined for 52 homers this season, and both went deep Wednesday against the Lady Roadrunners.
Despite the losses, the Lady Runners still cling to fourth place in the conference standings with a 27-18, 15-11 record.
AC celebrated Sophomore Night following the games. Playing in their final home games were Kiriany Hornberger, Morgan Conner, Ashley Hallmark, Leigh Luker, Reygan White and Taylor Lenggenhager.
Lady Roadrunners split doubleheader
If the Angelina College Lady Roadrunner softball players were feeling the least bit down after dropping the opener of the doubleheader with Navarro College, the team did not let those feelings linger for long.
The Lady Runners bounced back from a tough loss early – Navarro rallied from 7-1 down to win 10-7 and to take a 9-2 win in the nightcap.
AC pitcher Leigh Luker earned a complete-game win in the circle, allowing just four hits while striking out three Lady Bulldogs. Emilee Cernosek rocked a two-run homer in the second inning to give AC
the lead after a sacrifice fly from Nikki Whitehead and an RBI double from Jessica Husband tied the game at 2-2.Luker held Navarro scoreless during the next five innings as AC padded its lead.Nikki Gonzales sent home a run with a safety squeeze as part of a six-run fourth inning.
Sydney Brown tacked on the final run with an RBI single in the sixth.In the opener, Lady Runner Kiriany Hornberger led off the first inning with a solo homer, and Rachel Agnello singled for an RBI as part of a four-run frame.
Agnello added a two-run shot in the fourth, and the Lady Roadrunners led 7-2 after four innings.Navarro answered with five runs in the fifth and three more in the seventh to take a 10-7 win.
Lady Runners decimate Navarro’s Lady Bulldogs
Lady Runners decimate Navarro’s Lady Bulldogs
Coach Mark Mattson’s strategy of changing the pitching staff worked to near-perfection on Tuesday, April 2 with Kaylee Ancelot tossing 13 consecutive scoreless innings and Kacy Capps providing a save.
That left Shelby Mixon and McKenna Fryar fresh for Wednesday’s key conference matchup with Navarro College, and the circle duo paid dividends in AC’s 5-3, 5-3 sweep of the Lady Bulldogs Wednesday, April 3 at the Larry Phillips Family Sports Complex.
AC battled back from a 2-0 deficit in the opener, tying the game in the third inning on RBIs from Riley Garrett and Rachel Agnello. Navarro reclaimed the lead in the sixth on a pinch-hit double from former Central Lady Bulldog Carmen Acosta, but the Lady Runners answered with a three-run sixth inning behind RBI singles from Ancelot and Brette Kohring and a sacrifice fly from Garrett.
Ancelot launched a two-run homer in the first inning to stake AC to a 2-0 lead in the nightcap. Agnello drove in a run in the second, and Emilee Cernosek doubled home a run in the third – she would later score on an error – to put the Lady Roadrunners on top 5-0.
A two-run homer from Navarro’s Jenna Rude and a solo homer from teammate Sarah Koeppen trimmed AC’s lead to two runs at 5-3, but Fryar settled in afterward, allowing no more than a bunt single from another former Central High School player, Jarynn Sprinkle, before closing out her complete-game win.
Fryar finished with six strikeouts, raising her total to 94 for the season.
Mixon’s win in Game 1 pushed her season record to 9-1.
The Lady Roadrunners with a season record of 24-6 and a district record of 9-3 are winners of eight straight games.
No. 17 Lady Roadrunners power way to sweep NTCC
Angelina College’s 17th-ranked Lady Roadrunner softball team practiced patience at the plate, moving runners station-to-station until the big bats came alive to sweep Northeast Texas Community College 8-3 and 14-4 Sunday, March 31 at the Larry Phillips Family Sports Complex.
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 Garrett 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 stand at 20-6 for the season and 7-3 in district games.