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Chipola humbles Gulf Coast

Posted Apr 1, 2017 at 12:01 AM

By PAT McCANN
News Herald Executive Sports Editor

 

PANAMA CITY — Midway through their Panhandle Conference baseball game, Gulf Coast’s Jackson Cullen matched Chipola’s Riley Cabral pitch for pitch during a hitless fourth, fifth and sixth inning Friday afternoon at Bill Frazier Field.

The problem for the Commodores was that they already trailed by seven runs at that juncture as the Indians eventually bludgeoned them 15-5 in eight innings, the final decided early by the run rule.

 

Conference-leading Chipola ended a three-game slide and is 30-7 overall, 11-3 in the conference. Gulf Coast saw a four-game winning streak end and is 26-9, 4-6.

 

It clearly was too much Cabral and Jose Caballero for the Commodores to deal with. A sophomore from Oklahoma City, Cabral had a no-hitter through six innings and allowed only two hits and two runs in seven while improving to 8-0.

 

Leadoff batter Caballero crushed his seventh and eighth home runs of the season to account for six runs batted in. He had three hits and scored three runs, Chipola with 13 hits in addition to 12 walks by four Gulf Coast pitchers.

 

Sophomore Austin Krzeminski continued his struggle since returning from a sore elbow. He couldn’t get out of the third inning, walked four and yielded seven hits. The Indians broke open the game, however, when a Commodores’ error extended the third inning and Caballero blasted a grand-slam homer against reliever Trey Leonard.

 

Cullen then came on and matched Cabral until Te’kwaan Whyte singled in the seventh and Caballero hit a two-run shot well into the trees in left-center field.

 

Cabral, who struck out 11 and walked two, lost his no-hitter when Alec Aleywine scratched a single leading off the Gulf Coast seventh inning. Jordan Tylski launched a two-run homer, his first of the season, one-out later to break up the shutout and avoid the run-rule after seven innings.

 

The Indians tacked on six more runs in the eighth inning off Charlie Greenich, the fourth Commodores pitcher, to finally end it. Carnegy Calzado slugged his team-leading fifth homer in the bottom of the inning off Chipola reliever Derek Eberly to make the final somewhat more respectable.

 

Jacob Silverstein had three hits and an RBI for the Indians. Whyte had a single, two-run homer and three RBIs, Brody Wofford two hits and an RBI and Andrew Bechtold two RBIs.

 

Aleywine was the lone Gulf Coast player with two hits, the Commodores only with four as a team.

 

The teams meet for a doubleheader beginning 1 p.m. Saturday in Marianna.

 

Chipola;205 000 26x — 15 13 1

Gulf Coast;000 000 23x — 5 4 1

 

Cabral (W, 8-0), Eberly 8 and Guzman; Krzeminski (L, 4-2), Leonard 3, Cullen 3, Greenich 7 and Nowak.

LOB: Chipola 10, Gulf Coast 4. E: Caballero, Tylski, Greenich. SF: Bechtold. 2B: Silverstein, McKissock. HR: Caballero 2, White, Tylski, Calzado. SB: Caballero, Bechtold, Aleywine. DP: Chipola 6-4-3, Gulf Coast: 6-4-3, 4-6-3. WP: Cabral. PB: Nowak. HBP: by Cabral (Wisely). RBIs: Caballero 6, Whyte 3, Bechtold 2, Dawson, Silverstein, Wofford, McKissock, Calzado 3, Tylski 2.

 

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