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Wisely, Commodores shut down Monroeville

By Tyler Waldrep

When Gulf Coast State pitcher Brett Wisely walks up to the mound these days he feels like he’s playing with house money.

“I think it’s my last year pitching, USF (South Florida) next year they want me for an infielder so I’m just going out there having fun while I’m pitching,” Wisely said. “One more year of it so I’m just gonna enjoy it.”

On Friday, he pitched a complete 7-inning game against Coastal Alabama Monroeville and gave up only three hits and no runs to lead the Commodores to a 2-0 victory that lifted the team’s record to 7-5.

Wisley last shutout an opposing team on Feb. 8 when the Commodores beat Broward 6-0, and he has only allowed runs in two of his four games on the mound.

“Oh he’s outstanding, he’s on a great roll,” Gulf Coast State coach Mike Kandler said. “Last week he’s was a national pitcher of the week and then he follows it up with another shutout.”

It was the Commodores’ final batter, Brycen Braswell, that ended up bringing in both of the team’s runs in the second inning.

“Nice to see him with two outs come through,” Kandler said of Braswell. “He’s kind of been giving us one two AB’s (at bats) a game and he’s starting to get a little feel for coming through in the clutch so that was huge.”

The scoring runners were Alex Lozado and Brett Roberson. The Commodores already had two outs when Lozado made it to first, but a number of Monroeville errors opened the door for Gulf Coast State anyway.

Roberson was given a pass to first after getting thumped by a pitch. Then he was immediately advanced to second when Kyler Hultgren was walked, and Roberson made the most of it when Braswell made contact.

That inning was easily the highlight of the Commodores’ day on the offensive side of things.

Earlier on Friday, Gulf Coast State finished with four hits in a 7-inning, 1-0 win against Shelton State. Between those two games, the Commodores only recorded seven total hits.

“What we have is just way too many give away at bats,” Kandler said. “We’re uncompetitive at bats. That, the pitcher didn’t really get us out we got ourself out. ... But if you pitch and play defense you’ll always have an opportunity to win the game.”

It was the arm of sophomore Peyton Knight that started the day off right for the Commodores as he pitched a complete-game shutout against Shelton State.

“He’s just pitching like a sophomore now like he’s kind of growing up so he’s been really good as well,” Kandler said of Knight. “Our pitching has been good. Defense is fine now we just got to find a way to start hitting a little bit more.”

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