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GC ends skid with sweep of Pensacola

Updated Apr 8, 2017 at 6:13 PM                                                         

By PAT McCANN
News Herald Executive Sports Editor

 

PANAMA CITY — Winning pitcher Alec Wisely homered and drove in four runs as Gulf Coast defeated Pensacola 9-2 to sweep a Panhandle Conference baseball doubleheader on Saturday at Bill Frazier Field.

 

The two wins improved the Commodores to 6-10 in the conference and ended a five-game skid in Panhandle play. Gulf Coast is 28-13 overall. Pensacola is 3-13, 14-27.

 

The Commodores also pulled within one game of third place Tallahassee, which took a 6-8 record into a doubleheader with second place Northwest Florida on Saturday. The top two teams in the conference gain automatic bids into the state tournament while the third place team gets a one-game playoff with the third place counterpart from another conference for a state berth.

The Commodores won the first game 10-0 in six innings as Trever Kilcrease tossed six shutout innings while scattering six hits and every regular in Gulf Coast’s lineup except leadoff batter Jacquez Koonce hit safely.

 

Koonce was limited to two at-bats, leaving the game during the fourth inning to be checked out at a local hospital following a collision with Pensacola’s 220-pound first baseman Onassis Matos.

 

Kilcrease struck out seven and walked one and the Commodores scored behind him in every inning except the fifth. Carnegy Calzado had a single and three-run homer, Jackson Webb, Alec Aleywine and Jordan Tylski each two hits and a run batted in and Joe Sibeto a hit and two RBIs.

 

Luke Dykes was the losing pitcher for the Pirates.

 

Wisely had a sacrifice fly in the first inning of the second game and a two-run homer in the third to stake himself to a 3-0 lead.

The Commodores broke it open with three more runs in the fourth for a 6-1 lead. Webb stroked a two-run homer in that uprising and Jeff Omohundro had an RBI single in the fifth to stretch the lead to six runs.

 

Peyton Lacoste had a solo shot for Pensacola in the sixth inning, but the Commodores answered with two in the bottom half as Webb had his third hit of the game to knock in his third run and Wisely had his fourth RBI.

 

Lacoste, Matos and Richard Sorrenti had two hits each for Pensacola.

 

Gulf Coast entertains Northwest Florida State 5 p.m. Monday in its first of four two-game series to conclude the conference schedule.

 

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