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Gulf Coast wins to stay alive

Updated Apr 24, 2017 at 9:29 PM

 

By PAT McCANN
News Herald Executive Sports Editor

 

PENSACOLA — Gulf Coast could take care only of the opponent in front of it on Monday evening in Panhandle Conference baseball.

 

The Commodores were in a must-win, Tallahassee-must lose scenario and Austin Krzeminski and Jordan Tylski led the way to a 4-0 triumph over Pensacola.

 

Along the way came the news that Tallahassee had lost 5-3 to Northwest Florida State in Niceville. Those results combined to shave the Eagles’ lead to one game over the Commodores for third place in the

conference. Each team has one game left to play on Wednesday in a quest to claim a play-in game for the state tournament.

 

Krzeminski saved his best for last for the Commodores, 10-13, 32-16. He tossed seven shutout innings allowing four hits, striking out 11 and walking two. The sophomore from Roswell, Georgia, left after throwing 110 pitches.

 

Luke Dykes matched Krzeminski with five shutout innings until Gulf Coast broke through with four runs in the sixth inning, helped by two Pirates’ errors.

 

Tylski singled for his third hit of the game, went to second on an error by Dykes, third on a wild pitch and scored when Jackson Webb reached on a two-base error.

 

Carnegy Calzado had a run-scoring single with one out, Joe Sibeto an RBI double with two outs and Josh Nowak added an RBI single.

 

Greg Loukinen came on in relief in the eighth inning for Gulf Coast. Pensacola immediately put the tying run at the plate when a walk combined with singles by Drake Cabe and Willie Carter with one out to lead the bases.

 

Loukinen preserved the shutout by striking out pinch hitter Peyton Lacoste and Wifredo Alvarez.

Tylski ended up with two singles and two doubles to lead Gulf Coast. Sibeto added two doubles.

 

Pensacola fell to 3-20, 14-34. Tallahassee is 11-12, 26-23 and will host Northwest Florida, which clinched second place in the conference on Monday, 4 p.m. CDT Wednesday.

 

One hour later, Gulf Coast entertains Pensacola at Bill Frazier Field. Should the teams wind up tied for third, the Commodores hold the tiebreaker to gain the play-in opportunity.

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