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Gulf Coast falls in ninth

Posted Mar 16, 2017 at 10:36 PM                                       

By The News Herald

 

TALLAHASSEE — Tallahassee ended the shutout streak of Gulf Coast’s bullpen by rallying late for a 2-1 victory Thursday in Panhandle Conference baseball.

 

It was hardly a collapse by Commodores’ reliever Trever Kilcrease who was victimized by the only error of the game that scored the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.

 

Gulf Coast is 21-7, 2-4 entering a doubleheader against the Eagles, 16-16, 1-5 starting at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bill Frazier Field.

Kilcrease, a freshman from Arnold, relieved starter Ken Adair with two on and nobody out in the sixth inning. Kilcrease quickly got Cole Vann to ground into a double play and Deyvid Silva to fly out to center fielder Jacquez Koonce to end the

threat.

 

It extended a shutout streak to 20 innings by the Commodores’ bullpen, but it ended the next inning as Myron Mebane’s two-out single scored Tucker Rayburn who had led off with a walk.

 

Gulf Coast, which scored its run on Alec Aleywine’s sacrifice fly in the first inning, threatened to take the lead in the top of the eighth. Alec Wisely doubled with one out and Aleywine followed with a base hit to center field. Wisely was cut down at the plate, however, and the score remained tied 1-1.

 

Brooks Buckler went eight strong innings for the Eagles, yielding eight hits while striking out four and walking two. He was relieved in the ninth inning by Derick Garcia who walked the bases loaded with two outs. Garcia retired Jackson Webb on a fly ball and the teams went to the bottom of the ninth tied.

 

In almost a carbon copy of how Tallahassee scored in the seventh, Tucker Rayburn led off with a walk and Nick Biasucci sacrificed him to second. After Jack Hartman flied out to JT Duncan in left field, Myron Mebane hit a drive to shortstop Jordan Tylski that was mishandled as Rayburn scored the winning run. It was the lone error in the game.

 

Adair had a solid start on the mound for Gulf Coast, allowing only one hit in five shutout innings entering the sixth.

Consecutive singles by Chris Hawkins and Tanner Thomas ended his day. He walked three and struck out three.

 

Gulf Coast took the lead in the first inning when Aleywine’s sacrifice fly scored Webb. The Eagles tied it in the seventh when

 

Rayburn walked, was bunted to second, reached third when Hartman grounded out and scored on Mebane’s single.

Wisely and Aleywine each had two hits for Gulf Coast.

 

Gulf Coast;100 000 000 — 1 8 1

Tallahassee;000 000 101 — 2 5 0

 

Adair, Kilcrease (L) 6 and Nowak; Buckler, Garcia (W) 9 and Biasucci.

two outs when winning run scored.

LOB: Gulf Coast 10, Tallahassee 7. E: Tylski. 2B: Wisely, Aleywine, Webb, Rayburn. S: Biasucci 2. SF: Aleywine. SB: Aleywine, Webb, Mebane, Vann. RBIs: Aleywine, Mebane.

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