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Commodores fall in ninth

Updated Apr 6, 2017 at 8:23 PM

By The News Herald

 

PENSACOLA — Gulf Coast rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth inning to tie the game, only to fall 9-8 in the bottom of the ninth on Thursday in Panhandle Conference baseball.

 

The loss extended the Commodores’ losing streak in the conference to five games with 10 conference games remaining. Instead of contending for one of the top two spots in the Panhandle they currently are just one game ahead of the last place Pirates.

 

The teams conclude a four-game series on Saturday at Bill Frazier Field.

 

Gulf Coast led briefly when it scored five runs in the top of the fourth inning as Alec Wisely and Rashard Ranie homered. Pensacola tied the game with three runs in the bottom of the inning while knocking out Commodores’ starter Austin

Krzeminski, and took an 8-5 lead against reliever Greg Loukinen with three more runs in the sixth.

 

It remained that way until the ninth when Gulf Coast rallied in dramatic fashion. Jackson Webb reached on an error and Wisely was hit by a pitch from Pensacola reliever Forrester Smith. Alec Aleywine laced an RBI double to close the gap to 8-6 with runners on second and third and no outs.

 

Aaron Ginn came on for Pensacola and Carnegy Calzado lined into a double play, Aleywine holding second. Eli Taylor singled to score Aleywine and Jeff Omohundro walked to put runners on first and second. Josh Nowak then singled to right field to tie the game 8-8.

 

Loukinen couldn’t hold off the Pirates, however. Drake Cabe led off the bottom of the ninth with a walk and one out later streaked to third on Malique Foreman’s single.

 

Loukinen fanned Bucky McGlamry for his eighth strikeout victim, but Wilfredo Alvarez ended the game with a run-scoring single.

 

Gulf Coast was outhit 13-9. Webb had three hits and scored twice and Ranie had two hits and two RBIs. Foreman had four hits for the Pirates, Bobby Courson had two and Willie Carter had a single, homer and two RBIs.

 

Smith was the winning pitcher allowing just one hit in four innings while striking out nine.

                                                                                                                                                                   

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