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Lady Commodores win big in home debut

Posted Mar 7, 2017 at 8:19 PM

By Dustin Kent747-5065 | @PCNHDustinKentdkent@pcnh.com

 

PANAMA CITY — Gulf Coast had to wait over a month into the 2017 season to play its first true home games at Joe Tom King Field, but Tuesday's performance against Lake Michigan College proved worth the wait for the fans in attendance.

 

The Lady Commodores completed a dominant doubleheader sweep of the Red Hawks with a pair of run-rule victories, 9-1 in the first game and 14-2 in the second. Both games ended in five innings.

 

With the victories, Gulf Coast improved to 17-8 on the season. The Lady Commodores will be back on the road this weekend for the NFCA tournament in Columbus, Ga., with games against Indian Hills and Lansing on Friday, Central Alabama and Wabash Valley on Saturday, and Midland on Sunday.

 

In Tuesday's first game, GC put together eight hits and took advantage of some shoddy Lake Michigan defense to cruise to victory behind the pitching of Brittany Lee, who went four innings and allowed one earned run on three hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Payton Carpenter pitched a scoreless top of the fifth with only one hit allowed and one strikeout to

close it out.

 

Kynadi Tipler led the offense for GC, going 2 for 2 with a home run, a double, two RBI, and a run scored, while Bailey Pelkey was 2 for 3 with an RBI, and Bailey Burk had a hit and scored two runs. Bayleigh Heineman was 1 for 2 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.

 

Gulf Coast got on the board in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI double to deep left centerfield by Tipler to score Burk to make it 1-0, and then added four more runs in the second thanks to a pair of defensive miscues by the Red Hawks.

 

Lee led off the inning with a walk and came around to score on a wild pitch, with a bases loaded ground ball by Alexis Marchozzi being mishandled by Lake Michigan shortstop Angie White to allow Samantha Burks and Heineman to score to make it 4-0. Another error on another ground ball by Tipler that got through the second baseman's legs brought Burk home for the final run of the frame.

 

Lake Michigan got a run back in the top of the fourth with an RBI single by Anna Riggenbach to score Marissa Dodd. Gulf Coast blew the game open in the bottom of the fourth with four more runs on four hits.

 

Marchozzi got it started with a two-out double and later scored on a passed ball, with Tipler following with a solo home run to straightaway centerfield to make it 7-1. Pelkey later added another run on an RBI single off of relief pitcher

Karlee Liles through the left side of the infield to score Haley Wood, with Heineman tacking on the ninth run of the game

with an RBI infield single to bring Lee to the plate.

 

Riggenbach started in the circle and took the loss for Lake Michigan, giving up four earned runs on six hits, three walks, a hit batter, and three strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings.

 

In the second game, Carpenter led the way by going 3 for 3 with a home run and four RBI while also pitching and earning the victory for four innings of work, giving up one earned run and striking out three. Lee pitched the fifth to close it out.

 

The Lady Commodores jumped out to a big early lead and kept pouring it on, scoring six runs in the first inning, another in the second, five in the third, and two in the fourth.

 

Marchozzi had a home run and three RBI, while Courtney Schweinsberg was 3 for 3 with a double and an RBI and Annsley Brown was 3 for 4 with an RBI.

 

Gulf Coast will return home Tuesday for its Panhandle Conference opener against Pensacola State.

 

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