GC streak hits 7
Posted Feb 18, 2017 at 6:47 PM
By Pat McCannThe News Herald
PANAMA CITY — Give up four runs in four games against a quality opponent and good things are bound to happen.
For Gulf Coast, a 4-0 win over Shelton State on Saturday at Bill Frazier Field resulted in a four-game sweep of the Buccaneers.
Alec Wisely and Jordan Tylski, who came out of Jacksonville's widespread talent pool, combined for a five-hit shutout that grew the Commodores' winning streak to seven games.
They currently stand 12-2, and while they weren't overpowering offensively during the weekend, served notice that for at least the first month of the season they are a ballclub that knows how to win.
"We pitched the ball extremely well all weekend and fielded it well," Gulf Coast coach Mike Kandler said. "It seems like the two go together."
Wisely was dominant the opening five innings, allowing only a two-out single to Alan Smith in the second and a two-out walk to John Michael Mathews in the third.
The Commodores got him an unearned run to work with off Shelton State starter and loser Austin Bohannon, who otherwise had a solid outing allowing three hits in five innings.
Wisely yielded a leadoff double to Keegan Morrow in the sixth. After Mathews' bouncer to the right side pushed him to third with one out, Morrow remained there as Wisely disposed of the Bucs' 2-3 hitters Sage Smelley and Jon Sumner.
Shelton State grouped three of its hits in the seventh against Wisely, but center fielder Jacquez Koonce cut down Aaron Hill at the plate when he tried to score from second base on Trevor Losada's single.
A two-run double by Jackson Webb in the bottom of the seventh finally got Gulf Coast some breathing room, and Alec Aleywine singled in the eighth and scored when first baseman Smith couldn't handle Josh Nowak's bouncer with the bases loaded.
Tylski didn't allow a baserunner while pitching the eighth and ninth to finish off the shutout, Gulf Coast's second of the season.
The sweep left the Bucs 2-5 on the season after they had won two of three against Tallahassee last weekend.
"Koonce just seems to make all the plays," Kandler said. "I thought we had a shot to be a pretty good defensive team.
"We're starting to develop a little chemistry, and right now not many guys are pouting which is always a good thing."
Carnegy Calzado had two of the Commodores' seven hits, Koonce scored twice and like Calzado and Nowak was on base three times.
Gulf Coast plays a doubleheader Wednesday at Faulkner State and travels to Cuthbert, Georgia, to face Andrew College on Saturday.
Shelton State; 000 000 000 — 0 5 3
Gulf Coast; 001 000 21x — 4 7 0
Bohannon (L), Sharp 6, Jones 8 and C.Moore; Wisely (W), Tylski (S) 8 and Nowak.
LOB: Shelton State 5, Gulf Coast 9. E: Smelley, Hill, Smith. 2B: Morrow, Webb. S: Tylski. DP: Shelton State 6-3.