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GC drops home opener

By PAT McCANN 
News Herald Executive Sports Editor

Posted Feb 2, 2018 at 1:58 AM

 

PANAMA CITY — Judging your junior college baseball team early in the season can be a little like figuring out the weather on the first day of February.

 

One minute it’s calm and serene and the next you’re zipped up to the throat because of a nippy breeze.

 

Gulf Coast had its bright moments in a 3-2 loss to St. Johns River in the home opener Thursday evening at Bill Frazier Field.

Namely, the Commodores’ pitching took a major step forward from a weekend when the opponent averaged 11 runs per game. But Gulf Coast’s hitting wasn’t nearly as timely as 10 hits resulted only in Alec Aleywine’s solo home run and a run-scoring single by Ben Rowdon that tied the game in the sixth inning.

 

Jimmy Goldsmith’s homer just under the scoreboard in right-center field accounted for the winning run in the top of the eighth inning for the Vikings, 4-1. The Commodores slipped to 1-3.

 

“Both the guys pitched a lot better, it was a pretty well-pitched game,” Gulf Coast coach Mike Kandler said.

 

Starter Trever Kilcrease went six innings, giving up three of his six hits when St. Johns River scored twice in the sixth for a 2-1 lead.

Ken Carpenter had a one-out single, and Justin Farmer’s drive to gap barely eluded the dive of center fielder Jacquez Koonce.

 

Farmer used his speed to easily leg out an RBI triple, even rounding the bag as the throw came in. Goldsmith’s sacrifice fly to left scored

Farmer for the go-ahead run.

 

Peyton Knight tossed the final three innings, yielding Goldsmith’s homer to absorb the loss. The Commodore duo combined to strike out nine and walk only two.

 

Aleywine had three hits for Gulf Coast before his hard one-hopper was snared by reliever Luke Sutko, the third of three Vikings’ pitchers and also the winner.

 

The Commodores had at least one hit in every inning while reaching SJR starter Jaison Heard and left-handed reliever Jagger McCoy for nine hits through six.

 

In addition to Aleywine’s solo drive on the first pitch of the second inning that gave Gulf Coast its only lead, Rowdon’s line-drive single scored Aleywine with the tying run in the sixth inning.

 

Jagger faced runners on first and second with one out at that point, but struck out Brett Wisely and Farmer ran down Jeff Omohundro’s deep drive to center to end the inning.

 

“It was very polarized with good at-bats and extremely uncompetitive ones,” Kandler said. “Too many players have too many extremes right now.”

 

Two of them, No. 3 and No. 5 hitters Cory Heffron and Malik Spratling, struggled on Thursday after being two of the more productive batters on opening weekend with six RBIs between them.

 

This time they combined for six strikeouts while going hitless.

 

Carpenter, Farmer and Francis Villaman each had two hits for the Vikings, who matched Gulf Coast with 10. Rowdon had two hits for Gulf Coast.

 

St. Johns River;000 002 010 — 3 10 2

Gulf Coast;010 001 000 — 2 10 1

Heard, McCoy 6, Sutko 7 (W) and Wash; Kilcrease, Knight 7 (L) and Nowak.

LOB: SJR 7, GC 9. E: SJR 2 (Wash, Cedeno), GC 1 (Wisely). DP: SJR 4-6-3, GC 1-6-3. 2B: Carpenter, Rowdon. 3B: Farmer. HR: Aleywine, Goldsmith. S: Wash. SF: Goldsmith. CS: Aleywine, Farmer.

RBI: SJR (Goldsmith 2, Farmer), GC (Aleywine, Rowdon).

 

Tournament schedule

The Kevin Miller Tournament schedule has been amended because of the possibility of inclement weather coming into the area. All games are at Frazier Field.

Friday — Andrew College vs. Gulf Coast 10 a.m., Bevill State vs. Chattahoochee Valley 1 p.m., Gordon vs. St. Johns River 4 p.m., Chattahoochee Valley vs. Andrew College 7 p.m.

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