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Chipola evens series against Gulf Coast

Tyler Waldrep

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Gulf Coast State put the pressure on when it had to, but Chipola’s defense weathered the storm to secure the 5-4 victory on Tuesday night.

“We just didn’t quite get it done,” Gulf Coast State coach Mike Kandler said. “One more hit, we could have had that, but that’s how the game goes.”

The loss to Chipola (24-14, 11-5, Panhandle Conference) denied Gulf Coast State (23-17, 5-11) what could have been the team’s first series win in conference play this year. Instead, the series will remain split with two victories each.

Sophomore Brett Wisely’s final plate appearance didn’t go quite how he wanted, as he was unable to make it on base. However, he did buy sophomore Brycen Braswell enough time to make it home for the Commodores final score of the game.

With one out recorded, Chipola chose to walk Justin Kelley, whose batting average of .248 is currently the fourth-highest of any Commodore this year. Jordan Henshaw’s ball was caught in foul territory setting Chipola up to record the final out on Alex Lozado’s final plate appearance.

Lozado finished with a team-high two hits. The rest of the team combined for a total of four. Braswell and Brett Roberson also finished with an RBI for the Commodores.

Despite the result, Kandler still feels his team gained momentum from winning three of its last five games.

“We’re playing about as good as we can play,” Kandler said. “Games have been really competitive.”

The second inning started exactly how the Commodores wanted it to with two quick outs. Then things unraveled as first one, then two batters found their way safely on base. Joshua Rivera sent one over the fence soon after to give Chipola a 3-1 one lead.

Chipola coach Jeff Johnson said that kind of moment is crucial for Rivera’s confidence after the sophomore missed some games earlier this season after a pitch broke his nose.

“Kinda been a little timid in there box after that, after taking a pitch to the nose,” Johnson said of Rivera. “But good to see him come back ... We need him to get going if we’re going to be successful.”

After giving up the home run, Gulf Coast State pitcher Peyton Knight talked things over with his coach on the mound and didn’t give up another hit until the sixth inning. The sophomore pitcher finished with three hits allowed.

Jack Guzek relieved Knight and also finished the game with three hits allowed before turning things over to Parker Dean who closed things out in the final inning with no hits, one walk and one strikeout.

The Commodores will face Northwest Florida State (32-8, 13-3) at home on Monday. The Raiders are the only conference opponent to sweep Gulf Coast State this season.

At home, the Commodores kept things close with the Raiders falling short by three and two runs in the first and last game of the series respectively. The road games were a different story as Gulf Coast State lost by a combined total of 18-0.

“I think we’re better than we were then,” Kandler said of the last time his team faced the Raiders. “Of course, some of these other teams are probably better also.”

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