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Gulf Coast baseball splits doubleheader

By The News Herald

Posted Feb 16, 2018 at 10:42 PM

 

PANAMA CITY — Gulf Coast continued its uneven play in junior college baseball on Friday while the Lady Commodores softball team extended its early season brilliance.

 

The Commodores, 6-6, split a doubleheader against Shelton State at Bill Frazier Field in contrasting fashion.

 

Brett Wisely pitched a four-hit shutout in a 5-0 second game victory. Gulf Coast dropped the opener 11-8 as Commodores’ pitchers walked 13 Shelton State batters. That enabled the Bucs to score 11 runs on only three hits.

 

Shelton State, 4-6, built a 5-1 lead in the opener against Gulf Coast starter Jake Rice, who was knocked out in the fifth inning. Rice struck out seven, but walked six in addition to yielding two hits, both of them home runs.

 

Charlie Greenich relieved and walked three and Tyson Ellis came on and walked four. The Bucs built their lead to 10-1 with Cyle Morris knocked in three runs and Koy Chapman two before the Commodores rallied.

Gulf Coast scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, but could only draw close. Jacquez Koonce had a home run among two hits and four RBIs for the Commodores and Malik Spratling also homered and had two hits and two RBIs.

 

The frustration of the opener was replaced by perhaps Gulf Coast’s best game of the season in the nightcap. Certainly it was the best-pitched game as previously only once had GC surrendered less than three runs in any of the 11 games and the second game represented its first shutout.

 

Wisely struck out seven and walked only one as the Commodores backed him with three runs in the first inning and two in the fifth.

Koonce had another strong game with three hits, Spratling had two and Ben Rowdon homered and along with Wisely had two RBIs.

Moore continued his hot hitting with three hits for the Bucs.

 

The teams complete their four-game series with a single game 1 p.m. Saturday at Frazier Field.

 

Softball

 

Sun Chief Classic

 

GULF SHORES, Ala. — Gulf Coast played its first of five games in the tournament and defeated Baton Rouge Community College 10-0 in five innings.

 

The outcome resulted in Gulf Coast’s 13th straight win as it improved to 13-1. Baton Rouge, 1-10, lost for the 10th consecutive time.

Gulf Coast met Coastal Alabama-East in its second game late Friday night.

 

The Lady Commodores are scheduled to play Trinity Valley, Snead State and Georgia Highlands Saturday to conclude their tournament games.

 

 

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