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GC makes it 14 straight

Updated Mar 2, 2017 at 9:40 PM                 

By Pat McCann / The News Herald

 

PANAMA CITY — The Gulf Coast baseball team has had a strong early season, Thursday’s 10-2 win over George Wallace out of Dothan its 14th consecutive win.

 

The Commodores limited the Governors to three hits, Alec Aleywine and Trever Kilcrease both strong against a ballclub that had its own nine-game winning streak snapped.

 

Gulf Coast, 19-2, also has been living right in addition to pitching right.

 

Exhibit A was Wallace losing starting third baseman Joey Bend to what might have been a broken collarbone before the start of the game. Devante Dixon replaced him at third base and struggled with three errors, including a pair of off-line throws as Gulf Coast broke open the game with three runs on one hit during the fifth inning.

 

Conversely, when Aleywine struggled twice, his defense bailed him out both times. The first time was when he hit Adrian

Ramos and Nick Lewis with pitches in the first inning and then walked Tanner Frabott to load the bases with one out.

Shortstop Jordan Tylski and second baseman Jackson Webb combined on a 6-4-3 double play to end the threat.

 

Aleywine yielded only a single by Ramos in the third inning that turned into a run when Ramos stole second and later scored on Lewis’ sacrifice fly.

 

When the Commodores staked Aleywine to a 5-1 lead, he came out and threw six successive balls to open the Govs’ sixth. Another 6-4-3 double play later, Gulf Coast was well on its way to another victory.

 

Kilcrease allowed consecutive singles by Donnie Gleneski and Oliver Tejada when he entered, but settled down thereafter and Eric Rodriguez’s sacrifice fly in the seventh was the only other damage.

 

Alec Wisely stroked a grand-slam home run in the eighth after Wallace pitchers had loaded the bases without a Gulf Coast hit. The Commodores wound up with 11 hits, Webb, Wisely, Tylski and JT Duncan with two apiece, but it hasn’t been offense that has stoked the winning streak.

 

“We just fight,” Wisely said of the Commodores’ combined knack for making the right play at the right time. “We’re coming around, but it’s just a lot of timely hitting, hitting and hitting.”

 

Gulf Coast has allowed more than three runs only once during its streak, yielding five last Saturday at Andrew College. The Commodores play their final tune-up for the upcoming conference grind at 1 p.m. today in Phenix City, Alabama, against Chattahoochee Valley.

 

After that, they host Northwest Florida State on Tuesday to begin Panhandle Conference play. Wisely and the other sophomores have been informing their teammates that the level of competition is about to change.

 

“We’re saying get ready boys, it’s going to be a lot different,” Wisely said. “Northwest Florida will be a lot more competitive.”

Wallace Dothan;001 000 100 — 2 3 3

 

Gulf Coast;002 030 14x — 10 11 2

Seili (L), Gorordo 6, Diaz 7, Logan 8 and Rodriguez; Aleywine (W), Kilcrease 7 and Nowak.

 

LOB: Wallace 5, Gulf Coast 8. E: Dixon 3, Tylski, Koonce, Wisely. 2B: Wisely, 3B: Tylski, HR: Wisely. S: Garrett. SF: Rodriguez, Lewis. SB: Ramos, Koonce. CS: Ranie, by Rodriguez. DP: Gulf Coast 6-4-3, 6-4-3. WP: Seili, Logan, Aleywine. PB: Rodriguez. HBP: by Aleywine (Ramos, Lewis), by Diaz (Koonce, Ranie), by Logan (Sibeto). RBIs: Wallace, Lewis, Rodriguez; Gulf Coast, Wisely 4, Tylski 2, Duncan.

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