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

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.

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2017-2018 Lady Roadrunner softball team

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

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AC’s Lady Roadrunner pitcher Leigh Luker drives one in during the game against Bossier Parish. The game was held at Larry Phillips Family Sports Complex April 25.

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

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Riley Garrett, AC Lady Roadrunner No. 5, comes in for a run ahead of the ball during the game against Navarro College Wednesday, March 14.

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.

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Angelina College’s Emilee Cernosek follows through on her second homer of the softball doubleheader against Trinity Valley Community College Wednesday, March 21. Cernosek homered in each game, leading the Lady Roadrunners to a 16-4, 9-0 sweep at Roadrunner Complex.