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GC diamond teams open season on the road

The News Herald

The Gulf Coast diamond teams got their seasons underway over the weekend, with the baseball team opening up with two games in Bradenton and the softball team playing five games in Clearwater.

Coach Mike Kandler’s Commodores dropped both of their opening games to State College of Florida, falling 10-7 on Friday and 6-1 on Saturday.

Friday’s game lasted 12 innings before the Manatees ended it with a three-run home run off of Gulf Coast relief pitcher Hunter Milam in the bottom of the 12th.

Peyton Knight started on the mound for the Commodores and surrendered five earned runs on five hits and five walks with one strikeout and left the game with Gulf Coast trailing 5-3. Alex Lozado pitched the next two innings and Brad Lord the ensuing three, combining to allow two runs but only one earned before Milam came on to start the 10th.

Brett Wisely led the Gulf Coast offense with three hits and two runs, while Evan Johnson was 2 for 5 with two solo home runs. Jordan Crenshaw was 2 for 6 with two RBI, with Justin Kelley going 2 for 5.

The Gulf Coast offense had a tougher time on Saturday, scratching out just a single run on seven hits. Stevie Moffatt had the lone RBI to score Johnson in the top of the ninth inning. Wisely was 1 for 3 with two walks and took the loss on the mound, starting and surrendering four earned runs on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.

Gulf Coast will return to action Thursday against St. Johns River in Palatka.

Beth Wade’s Lady Commodores went 4-1 on the weekend, taking wins of 7-3 over St. Petersburg and 10-3 over Florida State College at Jacksonville on Friday, and 7-3 over Palm Beach State and 2-1 over Eastern Florida State on Saturday. The lone loss came to College of Central Florida 2-1 on Friday.

The Lady Commodores sent four pitchers to the circle over the weekend that combined for a 2.60 ERA, with freshman Brittany Crowson going 2-0. Sophomore Alexia Shiver was 1-1 and freshman Hannah Poole added a win. Freshman Taylor Cochrone worked in relief.

Kaylee Raines and Dixie Guesnard each hit .500 over the weekend to lead the Gulf Coast offense, with Brianna Hill batting .438. Guesnard and fellow freshman Taylor Robinson each hit their first collegiate home runs on Friday.

The Lady Commodores will return to action Friday for their home debut against Wallace State-Hanceville in the first of five games in the Visit Panama City Beach Gulf Coast Classic.

 

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