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Chipola dominates in doubleheader sweep of GC

Updated Mar 28, 2017 at 9:53 PM

By DUSTIN KENT
News Herald Assistant Sports Editor

 

PANAMA CITY — Chipola demonstrated again why it has been the dominant force in the Panhandle Conference so far this season on Tuesday afternoon at Tom King Field, sweeping Gulf Coast with a pair of convincing victories.

 

The Lady Indians (45-2 overall, 10-0 in conference) won the first game 9-0 in five innings and the second 7-0 in seven to strengthen their hold on first place in the league standings. The Lady Commodores dropped to 25-15 overall and 5-5 in the Panhandle.

 

It was a dominant performance in both games for the visitors, who out-hit Gulf Coast 19-7 for the day and committed just one error compared to four for the Lady Commodores.

 

“They pitched well and they hit well. They did those things better than we did today,” Gulf Coast coach Beth Wade said of the Lady Indians. “We obviously had trouble scoring and it’s hard to win when you don’t put any runs on the board. We had a few errors that hurt us too. It wasn’t our best day for sure.”

 

Krystal Goodman took the victory in the first game for Chipola, going all five innings and allowing three hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Brittany Lee took the loss, surrendering five earned runs on six hits and a walk, while Payton Carpenter gave up three earned runs on four hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings.

 

Chipola jumped on Gulf Coast early in the first game with three runs in the first inning while bringing all nine batters to the plate. Ashley Morris led off the game with a double and scored on a fielder’s choice, and then Alexis Grampp smacked her 12th home run of the season over the fence in left centerfield to make it 3-0.

 

The Lady Indians tacked on three more runs on four hits in the top of the fourth off of Carpenter, getting a lead-off single from Bobbie Morris and then a two-RBI double by Jordenne Gaten to score Bobbie Morris and Ashley Morris, who reached on a passed ball after a strikeout. An RBI infield single by Debora Ribeiro scored Gaten to make it 6-0.

 

Carpenter took a ball to her side on a rocket shot back up the middle by Grampp and had to leave the game, with Lee re-entering after leaving at the end of the first and finishing it out.

 

The final three runs for Chipola came during an error-plagued fifth inning for the Lady Commodores, who committed three defensive miscues. Marta Gasparotto reached on an error by shortstop Alexis Marchozzi, and then scored when Bobbie Morris dropped down a sacrifice bunt and the throw by Lee to first was missed by Jenna Ewing and the ball escaped into right field.

 

Bobbie Morris made it to third base and later came home on a passed ball to make it 8-0. An RBI bunt single by Barbara Woll allowed Ashley Morris to score the ninth run of the game. Goodman then sat down the 8-9-1 hitters in the bottom of the fifth to end the game on the mercy rule.

 

Ashley Morris was 2 for 4 with three runs for the Lady Indians, with Grampp going 2 for 4 with a run and two RBI. Ribeiro was 1 for 4 with a run and two RBI, and Gaten was 1 for 3 with a run and two RBI. Bobbie Morris had a hit and scored twice. Kynadi Tipler,

Carpenter, and Ewing had the only three hits of the game for Gulf Coast.

 

The Lady Commodores had just as tough of a time in the second game against Morgan Goree, who allowed just four hits and two walks in seven innings for Chipola and struck out 11 batters to get the win. Kristina Mathei started and took the loss in the circle for Gulf Coast, giving up four earned runs on nine hits and a walk in seven innings.

 

Chipola got on the board with a three-run home run by Woll in the top of the third inning, and then tacked on two more in the fourth on two hits and a Gulf Coast error. The Lady Indians provided a pair of insurance runs in the seventh when Elisa Grifagno walked and Gaten singled and both came home on a dropped pop up by Alexis Marchozzi.

 

Bobbie Morris and Kyaira Brown each had two hits and a run scored for Chipola, with Woll going 1 for 3 with two runs and three RBI. Tipler led GC with two hits, with Bailey Burk and Bayleigh Heineman collecting the other two hits.

 

Gulf Coast next plays a road doubleheader Saturday against Pensacola State at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Chipola hosts Tallahassee for two Saturday at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

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