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Pitching keys Panhandle sweep

Posted Mar 15, 2017 at 12:01 AM                   

By Pat McCann / The News Herald

 

PANAMA CITY — Gulf Coast’s pitching silenced Pensacola in both games as the Lady Commodores opened Panhandle Conference softball play with a doubleheader sweep Tuesday at Joe Tom King Field.

 

Gulf Coast, 21-10, won 5-0 in the opener and came back with a 5-1 win in the nightcap. Pensacola fell to 15-8, 0-2 as Lady Commodores’ pitchers have surrendered only one run in their last three games.

 

Gulf Coast and Alexis Marchozzi made fairly easy work of Pensacola in the first game, ending the Pirates’ seven-game winning streak in the process.

 

Only in the seventh inning did Pensacola put two runners on base, and reliever Kristina Manthei ended the game with runners on first and second when she gloved Lia Johnson’s popup.

 

Manthei pitched the sixth and seventh in relief of starter Payton Carpenter, who allowed three hits and one walk in five innings.

The Pirates hit the ball hard early with a double by Emily Corbitt with two outs in the first inning and a leadoff double by Madison Marshall in the second.

 

Their only other hits, however, were a single by Danielle de Ruiter in the third and a single by Shelby Thornberry in the seventh.

Marchozzi did the rest, and could have made an even larger impact except for striking out with the bases loaded to end Gulf Coast’s second inning. It already was 3-0 by then.

 

Annsley Brown had a one-out single for the Lady Commodores in the bottom of the first inning and Marchozzi drilled her team-leading eighth homer of the season to straightaway left field.

 

Brittany Lee had an infield single in Gulf Coast’s second and was bunted to second by Jenna Ewing. After Payton Burton reached on a fielder’s choice and Bailey Pelkey struck out, losing pitcher Erika Greek hit Bailey Burk with a pitch to load the bases.

 

Lani Kaleikini dropped Brown’s soft liner at first and Lee trotted home.

 

Pelkey was hit by a pitch with one out in the fourth, Burk doubled to right-center and Marchozzi narrowly missed her second homer when her drive to center field glanced off the fence about a foot from the top. Both runners scored easily and it was 5-0.

 

Burk and Marchozzi each had two hits for the Lady Commodores, who had five different baserunners score.

Gulf Coast meets Tallahassee and Northwest Florida State in single games on Saturday in Niceville.

 

Game 1

 

Pensacola;000 000 0 — 0 4 1

Gulf Coast;210 200 x — 5 7 0

 

Greek (L, 6-5) and Marshall; Carpenter (W), Manthei 6 and Burton.

LOB: Pensacola 6, Gulf Coast 8. E: Kaleikini. 2B: Corbitt, Marshall, Burk, Marchozzi. HR: Marchozzi (8). S: Ewing. SB: Marchozzi. CS: Burk, by Marshall. HBP: by Greek (Burk, Pelkey), by Manthei (Strickland). RBIs: Marchozzi 4.

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