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Chipola downs Gulf Coast

Updated Apr 21, 2017 at 10:08 PM

 

By PAT McCANN
News Herald Executive Sports Editor

 

PANAMA CITY — If you’re looking for mathematical possibilities and perhaps a few theories from the Da Vinci Code tossed in for good measure you’re better served taking a right-hand turn from today’s section.

 

Suffice to say Chipola’s 7-4 win over Gulf Coast on Friday afternoon in Panhandle Conference baseball didn’t do the Commodores any good. It dropped them to 9-12 in conference play, 1½ games behind third-place Tallahassee in the quest for a state tournament play-in game.

 

Conference winner Chipola improved to 19-4, 39-8, and already is ensured a berth at state in two weeks. The Commodores are far from eliminated from the chase, but might need to win their last three conference games to have a shot, and even that might not be good enough.

 

Friday at Bill Frazier Field was a case of the Indians flexing their strength and getting needed work for their bullpen with today’s rematch in Marianna the final game of their conference schedule.

 

The Commodores, 31-15, started Alec Wisely who had gone nine innings in Gulf Coast’s win against Tallahassee on Saturday. The sophomore right-hander pitched well, yielding six hits in six innings and striking out seven against just one walk.

 

The problem was that three of the Indians’ hits cleared the fence and provided a 4-1 lead after six innings. When Chipola added three more runs against Gulf Coast’s top reliever Greg Loukinen in the seventh, things indeed looked

bleak at 7-1.

 

The Commodores showed a spark by rallying for three hits and three runs in the bottom of the seventh to get within 7-4. Clean-up hitter Carnegy Calzado represented the tying run with Jackson Webb at second and Wisely at first, but Connor Hock came on in relief to record his only out of the game, Calzado on a fly ball to medium deep right field.

 

Gulf Coast had only one baserunner thereafter as Andy Grogan and Robbie Knox finished, Knox striking out the side in the ninth.

 

Reynaldo Rivera and Max Guzman each crushed pitches from Wisely for their 11th homers of the season in the key sixth inning. Rivera’s two-run blast bounced off the roof of a shed in the right-field power alley and off the building well behind the fence. Guzman followed with a bomb through the wind to straightaway center field.

 

Earlier Brody Wofford had opened the scoring by stroking his fifth homer to the opposite field in the second.

 

Gulf Coast tied the game 1-1 in the third when Jordan Tylski doubled, Webb reached on an infield hit and Wisely grounded into a double play. Webb’s third hit of the game went for an RBI in the seventh and Wisely added a two-run single.

 

Bowden Francis was the winning pitcher with five strong innings for Chipola and improved to 11-2. Wisely is 4-3.

The teams play again Saturday at 1 p.m. in Marianna. Tallahassee is idle until facing Northwest Florida State on Monday and Wednesday of next week.

 

Chipola;010 003 300 — 7 10 1

Gulf Coast;001 000 300 — 4 7 1

 

Francis (W 11-2), Shauger 6, Hock 7, Grogan 8, Knox 9 and Guzman, Clayton 9; Wisely (L 4-3), Loukinen 7, Kilcrease 7 and Nowak, Sibeto 8.

LOB: Chipola 8, Gulf Coast 7. E: Ranie, Wofford. DP: Chipola 5-4-3, 6-4-3, Gulf Coast 2-4. 2B: Tylski, Caballero. HR: Wofford (5), Rivera (11), Guzman (11). SB: Duncan. CS: White, by Nowak. WP: Loukinen. PB: Guzman. BK: Wisely. RBIs: Wofford, Rivera 3, Guzman, Bechtold, Webb, Wisely 2.

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