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Commodores sweep, tie for first

By The News Herald

Posted at 10:08 PM

 

PENSACOLA — Two days after being upstaged by Pensacola’s bullpen in a loss at Bill Frazier Field, Peyton Knight and Gulf Coast held sway on the road for a 5-4 win in 10 innings on Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader.

 

It didn’t take long for Alec Aleywine to pick up on that theme, at the plate and on the mound, as the Commodores prevailed 3-0 in the second game to end their initial four-game series of the Panhandle Conference season with three wins.

 

That left them tied with Chipola at 3-1 in the conference. Northwest Florida is 0-0, not starting conference play until this week and Tallahassee and Pensacola are tied for fourth at 1-3. Tallahassee and Chipola split a doubleheader on Saturday.

 

Gulf Coast pushed across a run in the 10th on two hits and a Pensacola error to finally prevail in the opener. The Commodores, 15-9, led 4-3 until the Pirates scored a run off starter Brett Wisely in the bottom of the sixth inning. That brought on Knight in the seventh and he held Pensacola scoreless to force extra innings.

 

The Pirates, 13-14, went to Aaron Ginn to start the eighth. Ginn pitched three scoreless innings to close out Wednesday’s 9-7 win in Panama City in which he dominated the Commodores lineup.

 

This time he worked out of a bases loaded, two-out situation in the eighth by retiring Josh Nowak. Gulf Coast got Wisely as far as second with two outs in the ninth, and again Ginn prevailed by getting Malik Spratling to end the inning.

 

But Knight was just as resilient. The Pirates loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Knight got a force out at the plate with Griffin Rivers batting, and retired Wilfredo Alvarez to douse the threat.

 

Ben Rowdon had his third hit of the game in the ninth to go with two runs batted in. Jacquez Koonce had two hits and two RBIs and Corey Heffron two hits. Jake Rulli had two hits for Pensacola.

 

Most importantly for Gulf Coast, Knight threw four shutout innings and struck out four while allowing only two hits. Jeff Omohundro also had a hit and RBI for the Commodores.

 

Aleywine started the second game for Gulf Coast against Alex Tyson for the Pirates.

 

Koonce and Wisely opened Gulf Coast’s first inning with singles. One out later that brought up Aleywine, who had stranded seven baserunners on Wednesday in his worst offensive game of the season. This time he responded with a three-run home run for an early lead.

The sophomore left-hander also went the distance on the mound, tossing a four-hit shutout with eight strikeouts. It remained 3-0 through five innings as Tyson settled down despite allowing 10 hits. The Pirates didn’t get a hit of Aleywine until Malique Foreman singled to lead off their fifth. Aleywine had first and third with one out but avoided trouble.

 

Alvarez, Nemith and Foreman all singled with two outs in the sixth to load the bases, and again Aleywine prevailed with the tying run on base. He pitched a routine seventh to nail down the sweep.

 

Spratling had four hits for Gulf Coast, Koonce three and Wisely two as Tyson gutted out six innings while allowing 11 hits. Foreman led the Pirates with two hits, Louis Davenport coming on to pitch the seventh.

 

Gulf Coast resumes conference play when it hosts Tallahassee 5 p.m. Tuesday in the opener of another four-game series.

 

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NICEVILLE — Gulf Coast won its 24th and 25th consecutive games on Friday in the Jimmie Stewart Memorial Tournament being hosted by Northwest Florida State.

 

The Lady Commodores, 25-1, defeated Lurleen Wallace 10-2 and edged Wabash Valley 4-3. They continued tournament play with two more games on Saturday against Wallace Dothan and Louisiana State University-Eunice.

 

Gulf Coast has a grand opening for the new Joe Tom King Field on Monday in a doubleheader against Carl Sandberg starting at 5 p.m. The Lady Commodores opened play there recently winning four games in a round-robin tournament, and also swept Lake Michigan 2-1, 14-1 on Tuesday.

 

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