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Panhandle Conference
Gulf Coast
Softball

March 28, 2011
GC Diamond Report: Softball team soaks up lesson in losing
NEWS HERALD (By Brad Milner ) - PANAMA CITY — The Gulf Coast softball team learned an important lesson in last week’s sweep at the hands of Northwest Florida State. The Lady Commodores found out the hard way that they can’t always rely on a steady battery to push them through games. Their offense started too slowly in the first game of the Panhandle Conference doubleheader in Niceville on Thursday. There was more intensity in the second game, but NWF State rallied for the critical sweep.
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Panhandle Conference
Gulf Coast
Softball

March 24, 2011
Softball: Northwest Florida State sweeps Gulf Coast
NEWS HERALD (By Brad Milner ) - NICEVILLE — Gulf Coast squandered a four-run lead in the second game of a Panhandle Conference softball doubleheader at Northwest Florida State on Thursday and suffered a sweep. NWF State blasted GC 7-0 to take the first game. The Raiders scored four runs in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth to win the nightcap 6-4. NWF State remained in first place at 30-4, 6-0, while GC slipped to 36-9, 3-3 in the crucial early season meeting.
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Panhandle Conference
Gulf Coast
Softball

March 22, 2011
Softball: Vogler, Nicolosi lead GC to conference sweep
NEWS HERALD (By Brad Milner ) - PANAMA CITY — Kat Vogler could have jogged home on Tuesday. The Gulf Coast freshman softball player scored on a wild pitch in the 10th inning to cap the Lady Commodores’ 4-3 comeback victory over Tallahassee. It secured a Panhandle Conference doubleheader sweep of the Lady Eagles (29-13, 2-4) at Joe Tom King Field with GC gutting out a 1-0 win in the opener. Vogler began the inning on second base due to the international tiebreaker. She moved to third on a passed ball, and took off for home when Sara Scott’s pitch sailed over catcher Devin Kochergen’s head.
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Panhandle Conference
Gulf Coast
Softball

March 19, 2011
Softball: Painter pleased with GC effort in split at Chipola
NEWS HERALD (By Brad Milner ) - MARIANNA — Gulf Coast opened Panhandle Conference softball play with a rousing win over defending champion Chipola College, but the Lady Commodores couldn’t complete the doubleheader sweep on Saturday. GC, the top-ranked team in the state, rapped out 12 hits in a 9-4 victory in the opener. The Lady Indians struck against Lady Commodore ace Michaela Hamilton for a 5-2 victory to salvage the split. Chipola remain tied for first place in the conference at 36-8, 3-1, while GC stayed steady at 34-7, 1-1.
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Gulf Coast Softball
Commodores
Softball

March 12, 2011
Softball: Gulf Coast picks up three more victories
NEWS HERALD (By Brad Milner ) - PANAMA CITY — The Gulf Coast softball team continued its charge to the Panhandle Conference season with three wins against separate opponents on Saturday at Joe Tom King Field. The Lady Commodores (32-5) shut out Southeastern 6-0 and Middle Georgia 3-0 before ending the day with a 5-2 victory over state rival St. Petersburg. The wins increased their winning streak to five games with one doubleheader to go before the conference opener March 19 at Chipola College.
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Gulf Coast Softball
Commodores
Softball

March 8, 2011
Softball: GC has hard-fought doubleheader sweep
NEWS HERALD (By Brad Milner ) - PANAMA CITY — Gulf Coast returned to the softball field on Tuesday with a doubleheader sweep, but with inconsistent results. The Lady Commodores rapped out 10 hits in a 4-0 victory over Johnson County at Joe Tom King Field in a first game that wasn’t put away until the sixth inning. They had only three hits in the matinee, a 3-1 win in improving to 29-5. GC scored single runs in each of the third and fourth innings of the first game. Starting pitcher and winner Shelby Watson kept Johnson County quiet through five innings with six strikeouts, one walk and one hit. Natalie Walker came on in relief and held Johnson County to one hit with five strikeouts.
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Gulf Coast Softball
Commodores
Softball

March 6, 2011
NFCA: Gulf Coast follows emotional win with lackluster loss
NEWS HERALD (By Brad Milner ) - PANAMA CITY BEACH — It may only be one loss, but for Gulf Coast its short stint Sunday in the NFCA Leadoff Classic serves as adversity for a team that has thus far been blessed with good luck. Chattanooga (Tenn.) State used an early surge and held GC to three hits in a 5-0 victory in the Gold bracket semifinal at Frank Brown Park. It was GC’s second loss in the three-day tournament and first this season by more than one run.
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Gulf Coast Softball
Commodores
Softball

March 5, 2011
NFCA: Gulf Coast beats rival Chipola to advance
NEWS HERALD (By Brad Milner ) - PANAMA CITY BEACH — Seeding at the NFCA Leadoff Classic forced an early meeting between Chipola and Gulf Coast and the Lady Commodores decisively won Round 1. GC opened Gold championship bracket play with a 9-1 run-rule victory over its Panhandle Conference foe at Frank Brown Park on Saturday. The Lady Commodores (27-4) squeaked into the top bracket with a 4-0 victory over Mercyhurst to finish pool play 2-1. Chipola beat Chesapeake 13-0 earlier Saturday to secure the top seed in the eight-team bracket to determine the tournament champion.
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Gulf Coast Softball
Commodores
Softball

March 4, 2011
GC 1-1 in NFCA Leadoff Classic
NEWS HERALD (By Brad Milner ) - PANAMA CITY BEACH — Chipola College took a step toward the championship bracket with two victories while Gulf Coast was 1-1 in Friday’s pool play at the NFCA Leadoff Classic junior college softball tournament at Frank Brown Park. The Indians (26-6) drew closer to wrapping up their pool with a 5-0 win over Indian Hills and an 8-2 triumph against San Jacinto. Chipola ends pool play Saturday at 12:30 p.m. against Chesapeake.
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Gulf Coast Softball
Commodores
Softball

March 3, 2011
NFCA Leadoff Classic starts Friday in PCB
NEWS HERALD (By Brad Milner ) - PANAMA CITY BEACH — The NFCA Leadoff Classic isn’t a national championship tournament, but it does have the look and feel of one. Twenty-four junior college softball teams will descend upon Frank Brown Park starting Friday for the three-day event. For many teams it’s the last major preparation for upcoming conference seasons and eventual state tournaments. It will provide up to six games for each team against top competition.
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Gulf Coast Softball
Commodores
Softball

March 2, 2011
Softball: GC splits with Wallace-Dothan for second time
NEWS HERALD (By Brad Milner ) - DOTHAN, Ala. — Wallace-Dothan, Ala., snapped Gulf Coast’s 11-game college softball winning streak in the first game of a doubleheader on Wednesday, but the Lady Commodores salvaged the split. Wallace-Dothan starter Robyn Jackson held GC to five hits in a 1-0 victory in the opener. GC then pummeled former pitcher Kenzi Reed in a 7-0 triumph in the nightcap that upped the Lady Commodores’ record to 22-3.
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Caitlin Ortiz
Caitlin Ortiz
Commodore Sophomore

March 1, 2011
GC's Ortiz named FCCAA Player of the week
FCCAA Baseball/Softball Notebook (By Rob Chaney ) - TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Community College Activities Association (FCCAA) has released its Softball Coaches’ Polls for March 1st. Players and Pitchers of the Week have also been announced by the FCCAA.

Gulf Coast Community College’s Caitlin Ortiz is this week’s FCCAA Softball Player of the Week. Ortiz, a sophomore from Mission Viejo, Calif., batted .500 (16-for-32) with seven runs scored, three home runs and 14 RBIs in ten games last week. Her three home runs, along with three doubles, helped her compile an .875 slugging percentage. She began the week by going 3-for-4 with a solo home run in game one against West Florida on February 22. At the Beach Classic, her top outing came against Lake Land on February 27 when she was 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs.

The Lady Dores are currently ranked #1 in Florida.


Gulf Coast Softball
Commodores
Softball

February 28, 2011
Softball: GC keeps rolling with two routs, win streak to 11
NEWS HERALD (By Brad Milner ) - PANAMA CITY — The ice machine saw a lot of work at Joe Tom King Field on Monday. Seven teams, including host Gulf Coast, finished the annual Beach Classic, this year stretched over four days. Each was guaranteed four games, some played six and the Lady Commodores played twice each day. GC (21-2) ended the Beach Classic with eight wins, pushing its season-long winning streak to 11 games, and scored 26 runs in two routs on Monday.
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Gulf Coast Softball
Commodores
Softball

February 27, 2011
Softball: GC wins two more at Beach Classic
NEWS HERALD (By Brad Milner ) - PANAMA CITY – Gulf Coast extended its junior college softball winning streak to nine games with a pair of victories on Sunday in the Beach Classic tournament. GC opened with a 4-0 win and its second shutout of St. Pete in as many meetings. The Lady Commodores (19-2) mirrored Saturday in that they had to overcome adversity in the second game, this time rallying past Lake Land 16-9 after overcoming five errors and an early deficit.
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Gulf Coast Softball
Commodores
Softball

February 26, 2011
Ortiz grasps leadership role at plate and beyond
NEWS HERALD (By Brad Milner ) - PANAMA CITY — The motto “new at-bat, new situation” has worked out well for Caitlin Ortiz. The Gulf Coast sophomore entered Saturday as the Lady Commodores’ leading hitter with a .533 average. It dipped to .510 with a 1 for 4 showing in a 5-4 victory over ABAC in the Beach Classic. But her one hit at Joe Tom King Field came in the ninth inning to tie the game and displayed what has become a patient and mindful approach at the plate.
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Gulf Coast Softball
Commodores
Softball

February 25, 2011
Softball: Gulf Coast takes two in Beach Classic opening day
NEWS HERALD (By Brad Milner ) - PANAMA CITY — Gulf Coast recorded a rout and a tight victory in its opening contests on Friday in the Beach Classic college softball tournament. The Lady Commodores blasted Lake Land 14-6 and shut out St. Pete 3-0. They had 15 hits in the rout and scattered seven in the finale that concluded a schedule of six games at Joe Tom King Field. GC pummeled Lake Land starting pitcher Tanna Hinthorne for all 15 hits while also taking advantage of seven walks in the opener. Taylor Nicolosi was 3 for 4 with two doubles and three RBIs and Shelby Watson, Caitlin Ortiz, Kat Vogler and Heather Schulz each had two hits. Schulz also homered and finished with four RBIs.
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Gulf Coast Softball
Commodores
Softball

February 24, 2011
Softball: Gulf Coast hosts annual Beach Classic
NEWS HERALD (By Brad Milner ) - PANAMA CITY — Less is more for the 2011 Gulf Coast Beach Classic. The annual event has one of its smallest fields at seven teams and will be contested at Joe Tom King Field instead of Frank Brown Park. However, the tournament has been stretched across four days, the longest its been, and guarantees a minimum six games for each team. Gulf Coast will be joined by Lake Land of Illinois, Lake Michigan, Enterprise (Ala.) State, Abraham Baldwin of Georgia, Alabama’s Jefferson Davis and St. Pete. There are six games Friday and Saturday, five on Sunday and three to finish the tournament on Monday.
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Susan Painter
Susan Painter

February 24, 2011
Painter Honored in high school celebration
GCathletics.com (By Steve Merchant ) - PLANTATION, Fla. – Head Coach, Susan Painter, was recognized at South Plantation High school this past weekend for its 40th Anniversary Celebration. She was honored as a top 40 Paladin who are Making Their Mark after graduation. The event was held in Plantation, Florida on February 19th, 2011. In addition, Susan spoke at the ceremony in honor of her former coach, Sandra Darr. The football stadium is now dedicated and called the Sandra Darr Athletic Field.


Gulf Coast Softball
Commodores
Softball

February 22, 2011
Softball: GC offense explodes in sweep of West Florida
NEWS HERALD (By Brad Milner ) - PENSACOLA — Gulf Coast amassed 26 hits against the University of West Florida in a college softball doubleheader sweep on Tuesday. The Lady Commodores ran their record to 13-2 overall and increased their winning streak to three games. GC had 17 hits in a 12-3 rout in the first game. It added nine hits in a 7-4 win in the second game and both victories featured complete games in the pitcher’s circle. Kayla Minger was 4 for 4 with two home runs, three runs scored and five RBIs to pace the first-game win that was stopped after five innings by the run rule. Caitlin Ortiz was 3 for 4 with a double, a homer, two runs and two RBIs, Emma Johansen had three hits and Kat Vogler was 2 for 4 with two runs. Natalie Walker was the winning pitcher after giving up 10 hits with four strikeouts and three walks.
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Michaela Hamilton
Michaela Hamilton
Commodore Sophomore

February 15, 2011
GC's Hamilton named FCCAA Pitcher of the week
FCCAA Baseball/Softball Notebook (By Rob Chaney ) - TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Community College Activities Association (FCCAA) has released its Softball Coaches’ Polls for February 15. Players and Pitchers of the Week have also been announced by the FCCAA.

Gulf Coast Community College’s Michaela Hamilton is this week’s FCCAA Softball Pitcher of the Week. Hamilton, a sophomore from Cataula, Ga., tossed a pair of complete-game shutouts for the Commodores. Against Lurleen B. Wallace on February 8, she allowed only three hits and struck out 12. Three days later against Enterprise-Ozark, she tossed a two-hitter and struck out six. For the week, Hamilton worked 14 innings and allowed a total of five hits and three walks while striking out 18.

The Lady Dores are currently ranked #2 in Florida.


Gulf Coast Softball
Commodores
Softball

February 11, 2011
Gulf Coast softball sweeps
NEWS HERALD (By Brad Milner ) - ENTERPRISE, Ala. — The Gulf Coast softball team improved to 10-1 with a doubleheader sweep of homestanding Enterprise State on Friday. The Lady Commodores opened with a 9-0 win in a game shortened by run rule and finished with a 6-0 victory in the matinee. The GC baseball team also traveled on Friday, with its rally falling short in a 6-5 loss to St. Johns River in Palatka. GC’s softball opener was punctuated by the team’s first home run of the season, a two-run shot by Caitlin Ortiz in the sixth inning that capped the run-rule outcome. The Lady Commodores rapped out 15 hits and scored two runs in the second, three in the fifth and the final four in the sixth.
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Gulf Coast Softball
Commodores
Softball

February 8, 2011
Steady pitching propels Gulf Coast softball again
NEWS HERALD (By Brad Milner ) - PANAMA CITY — A familiar theme played out at Joe Tom King Field on Tuesday. Again, it was a winning one. The Gulf Coast softball team used the strength of two superb pitching performances to sweep L.B. Wallace 2-1, 4-0 in a junior college softball doubleheader. Natalie Walker and Michaela Hamilton combined for 21 strikeouts and no walks to increase the Lady Commodores’ winning streak to six in their home opener. “I told the team that good pitching will always save us,” GC coach Susan Painter said. “I thought our hitting was a little off. We were anxious, didn’t have great selection at the plate, but we came through with some clutch hits.”
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Gulf Coast Softball
Commodores
Softball

January 30, 2011
GC softball completes stellar weekend with two more wins
NEWS HERALD (By Brad Milner ) - CLEARWATER — The Gulf Coast softball team finished its stellar weekend with a pair of victories on Sunday in the Juco Kickoff tournament. GC defeated South Georgia 10-0 in a game shortened to five innings by run rule and bested Indian River 6-3 in improving to 6-1. The Lady Commodores outscored their opponents 45-10 with three shutouts and two run-rule finishes in the three-day event. They unleashed a 13-hit attack in the first game of the day, with two hits each coming from Hilary Chapman, Hannah Renn, Heather Schulz, Caitlin Ortiz and Kat Vogler. Renn and Ortiz scored twice and Schulz and Vogler drove in two runs each. Natalie Walker (2-0) struck out six and walked one for the victory.
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Gulf Coast Softball
Commodores
Softball

January 29, 2011
Softball: Gulf Coast shuts out defending state champs
NEWS HERALD (By Brad Milner ) - CLEARWATER — Gulf Coast continued its hot start with two wins in three games on Saturday in the Juco Kickoff. The Lady Commodores also recorded two shutouts, including one against defending state champion and preseason No. 1 Miami Dade. GC (4-1) lost its opening game 5-4 in 10 innings against Seminole State before rebounding with a 7-0 victory over Miami Dade and a 2-0 shutout of Lake Sumter. GC coach Susan Painter said pitching set the tone again.
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Gulf Coast Softball
Commodores
Softball

January 28, 2011
GC softball opens with two blowout victories
NEWS HERALD (By Brad Milner ) - CLEARWATER — The Gulf Coast softball team opened its season with two blowout victories on Friday in the Juco Kickoff tournament. The Lady Commodores defeated Daytona State 7-1 and Pasco-Hernando 9-1 on the first day of the three-day event. Hannah Renn and Heather Schulz each had two hits and Kat Vogler drove in two runs in the rout of Daytona State. The Lady Commodores jumped ahead 6-1 after the first inning and held on in a modest effort with six hits. Natalie Walker (1-0) pitched four innings with one walk and two strikeouts while giving up two hits and one run for the victory and Michaela Hamilton finished up in the circle.
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Gulf Coast Softball
Commodores
Softball

January 25, 2011
Bouncing back: GC softball aims for elusive conference title
NEWS HERALD (By Brad Milner ) - PANAMA CITY — A maintenance worker at Gulf Coast Community College sprayed WD-40 on the gate padlocks at Joe Tom King Field on Monday. Some could have been used on the softball and baseball players as well. The GC teams stepped onto the field for the first time for spring practice. The air was crisp and a light mist saturated the air as athletes worked out in hooded sweatshirts, caps and sweatpants. It didn’t feel like the spring, but it sounded like it with the smack of leather gloves and cleats chafing the pavement. Much of the first days will be spent getting back into the routine of daily workouts leading up to season openers later this month. Monday was about cracking open lockers and dusting off bats and equipment that had been dormant for two months since the end of fall drills.
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Lady Commodores
Commodore Softball
Open Spring Season

January 10, 2011
GC diamond teams receive chilly welcome to spring season
NEWS HERALD (By Brad Milner ) - PANAMA CITY — A maintenance worker at Gulf Coast Community College sprayed WD-40 on the gate padlocks at Joe Tom King Field on Monday. Some could have been used on the softball and baseball players as well. The GC teams stepped onto the field for the first time for spring practice. The air was crisp and a light mist saturated the air as athletes worked out in hooded sweatshirts, caps and sweatpants. It didn’t feel like the spring, but it sounded like it with the smack of leather gloves and cleats chafing the pavement. Much of the first days will be spent getting back into the routine of daily workouts leading up to season openers later this month. Monday was about cracking open lockers and dusting off bats and equipment that had been dormant for two months since the end of fall drills.
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Gulf Coast Softball
Commodores
Softball

August 30, 2010
Gulf Coast diamond teams open fall practices
NEWS HERALD (By Brad Milner ) - PANAMA CITY — Fall isn’t only for football. It’s for the ping of metal bats as well. The Gulf Coast Community College diamond teams officially opened fall practices on Monday. The baseball team worked out at 2 p.m., while the softballers will have informal practices until ramping up the intensity after Labor Day. Both teams see an influx of new freshmen talent that must gel with veteran players. This part of the year is about player evaluation and development against top junior college and four-year institutions. It’s also to give players a taste of top competition so they will be ready next spring.
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BREAKING NEWS

August 4, 2010
Commodore Softball - Alumni Weekend Slated
GC Athletics.com (By Steve Merchant ) - The Gulf Coast Lady Commodore Softball Alumni Weekend will be held August 6-8, 2010. Festivities will begin Friday night August 6th with a Beach Side Party that begins at 6:00 pm at the Edgewater Beach Resort. On Saturday August 7th at 11:00 am the Alumni Game will take place at Joe Tom King Field, and Saturday night at 7:00 pm the Lady Commodores will host their Alumni Dinner at the Edgewater Beach Resort Conventions Center. Coach Painter (850-532-0555) is encouraging all former Lady Commodore Softball players to contact either her or Blythe Golden (850-209-2233) with your RSVP. The cost for the entire weekend's festivities is $75 per person.

Here are the dates and times for the weekend:

Friday Night (6:00 pm) Beach Side Party - @ Edgewater Beach Resort
Saturday (11:00 am) Alumni Game - @ Joe Tom King Field
Saturday (7:00 pm) Alumni Dinner - @ Edgewater Beach Resort Conventions Center


Gulf Coast Softball
Commodores
Softball

August 3, 2010
Tradition takes stage at upcoming GC alumni celebration
PANAMA CITY — Susan Painter wanted to make the Gulf Coast Community College softball alumni weekend a special occasion. Rather than hold the event every year she decided to stage it in five-year increments. The first was in 2005. The second is this weekend. Spacing out the event allows for more of a “family reunion” feel, Painter said. It also doesn’t place the stress of having to come to Panama City every year and she believes it will increase participation.
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