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GC takes opener 9-5

Updated Mar 29, 2017 at 2:23 PM                  

By PAT McCANN
News Herald Executive Sports Editor

 

PANAMA CITY — Perhaps Gulf Coast’s 9-5 win over Chipola on Tuesday in Panhandle Conference baseball was more important for what it wasn’t than what it was.

 

Namely, it wasn’t a Gulf Coast defeat for a ballclub that can’t afford too many more prior to the halfway mark of the 24-game conference grind. The victory put the Commodores at 4-5, 26-8 overall. League leader Chipola is 10-3, but has lost three consecutive PC games. The Indians, No. 1 in the nation, are 29-7 overall.

 

Another reason it was critical for Gulf Coast to be successful at Bill Frazier Field was that Chipola was in a generous mood early on, all five of the Commodores’ runs through three innings unearned against Indians’ starter and loser Bowden Francis.

Also poignant was that Gulf Coast had squandered a 5-1 lead when three walks helped the Indians score four times in the fifth inning to chase Commodores starter Dylan Cyphert and tie the game 5-5.

 

Gulf Coast rallied from that stage and reliever Greg Loukinen was the X factor as he kept Chipola scoreless after surrendering a two-run double to his first batter, Max Guzman, with the bases loaded that tied the game. Reynaldo Rivera, the Indians 6-foot-6 first baseman, was cut down at the plate, however, on a relay from Jacquez Koonce to shortstop Jordan Tylski

to catcher Josh Nowak.

 

The prevented the Indians from taking their first lead since Jose Caballero had opened the game by reaching on an error and eventually scoring on a wild pitch.

 

“It was good for our guys to know that they can beat a tremendous team and tremendous pitcher,” Gulf Coast coach Mike Kandler said. “We were so bad offensively early in the year, but we’re getting better. We had some really good at-bats.

“Loukinen was outstanding. He’s really poised and pitches within his stuff. Cyphert, too. It was important he went out and matched (Francis). I’m happy with both our pitchers.”

 

The Commodores made four errors, but minimized them by turning two double plays and nailing two Indians on the basepaths. Offensively they stroked 15 hits, Koonce with four singles, Alec Wisely with a three-run home run among three hits and four runs batted in and Carnegy Calzado, Nowak and J.T. Duncan all with two hits.

 

Jackson Webb also clubbed a two-run double in the eighth that opened a four-run cushion.

 

Caballero and Te’kwaan Whyte were the lone Chipola players with two hits, the Indians entering the game with a .344 team batting average. Even more imposing, 42.2 percent of their hits this season had gone for extra bases and they had outhomered Gulf Coast 41-18.

 

The teams meet again 5 p.m. Thursday at Frazier Field before playing a doubleheader on Saturday in Marianna.

 

Chipola;100 040 000 — 5 8 3

Gulf Coast;302 011 02x — 9 15 4

 

Francis (L, 7-2), Shauger 6 and Clayton; Cyphert, Lukanen 5 (W, 2-0) and Nowak.

LOB: Chipola 7, Gulf Coast 7. E: Tylski, Omohundro, Loukinen, Nowak, Francis, Caballero 2. DP: Chipola 4-6-3, 1-6-3, Gulf Coast 4-6-3, 6-4-3. S: Koonce, Webb. SF: Whyte, Calzado. 2B: Guzman, Caballero, Webb. HR: Wisely (5). WP: Francis 2, Cyphert, BK: Francis. HBP: by Cyphert (Wofford). RBIs: Whyte, Rivera, Guzman 2, Wisely 4, Omohundro, Calzado, Webb 2.

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