McLennan Community College baseball completed a second doubleheader sweep of Angelina College today in Lufkin. MCC won the first game, 4-1, and took the second game, 11-0.
Griffin Paxton scored the Highlander’s first run in the top of the second inning. He was walked, made it to third on an error, and came home on a passed ball. They added three in the fifth inning.
Angelina’s only score came off a home run by Sam Haley in the bottom of the fifth.
Sophomore Tristen Bayless got the first win with seven strike outs in three and two-thirds innings, with Nick Urbantke picking up the save. McLennan’s Dylan Neuse, Grant Miller and Aidan Shepardson each got an RBI, with Chase Sortor hitting a double.
If the first game was a relatively close one, the second game proved to be a third blow out for the Highlanders. Shane Daughety picked up the win for MCC.
The second inning saw the first scores as Mitchell Caskey’s home run drove in Nick Thornquist. After reaching base on a double, George Callil came home on a single from Paxton.
MCC scored six more runs in the fifth. Josh Breaux reached base after being hit by a pitch. Keaton Milford reached base on an error, and Sortor was walked to load the bases. Through a series of errors and walks and another hit batter which brought in four runs, Paxton doubled to score Caskey and Neuse to end the scoring for the inning.
The Highlanders’ last run was scored in the sixth with a double by Milford and a double by Santos.
For the game, Paxton went 2 for 4 with a double and three RBIs. Santos went one for three with a double and three RBIs, and Caskey went one for one with a home run and three RBIs.
“Today it all started on the mound for us. We ran a lot of guys out there and had good success. On the day, we gave up one run in 14 innings; you do that and you are going to win a lot of games,” head coach Mitch Thompson said. “Our pitching so far has been outstanding and that’s what it is going to have to continue to be as we continue to play really good opponents throughout the rest of the year. . . I’ve got to be pleased with a 4-0 start. Anytime you can go on the road and get sweep, you’re happy.”
MCC’s record is 4-0 for the season. Their next games will be Friday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m. as the Highlanders host Midland College. They will play a doubleheader the next day, also at the Bosque River Ballpark.