|EMCC Lions fall 12-3 to host Gulf Coast in Sunday finale of Florida baseball tournament|
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Slowed by six errors and three home runs by the opposition, the East Mississippi Community College baseball team dropped a 12-3 decision to host Gulf Coast CC Sunday afternoon in the finale of the Kevin Miller Baseball Bash played at Frazier Field.
Defensive woes put the visiting Lions in an early hole, as the home-standing Commodores capitalized on four EMCC miscues through the first two innings that led to four unearned runs and a 5-2 deficit for the visitors after two frames. After GCCC scored twice in the first, the Lions answered with two scores of their own in the second. Following singles by Ismael Reyes and Spencer Wilson to lead off the inning, EMCC knotted the score at 2-2 on subsequent run-scoring singles by Hilton Gibson and Antwan Ratcliff.
Gulf Coast didn’t waste any time reclaiming the lead in the bottom of the frame. After a two-out throwing error by EMCC third baseman Tyler Bonaventure extended the inning, starter Jake Upton gave up a three-run home run to D’Andre Toney. Toney would add a two-run shot in the seventh off reliever Thomas Dorsey to cap a five-RBI effort.
GCCC starter Corey Kingsley settled down during the middle innings, only giving up leadoff singles to Stephen Hudson and Reyes in the third and sixth innings, respectively. The sophomore right-hander fanned 10 and walked but one through six innings of work to pick up the victory for the Commodores, who improved to 2-3 on the year.
With the Lions unable to reach Kingsley following their two-run second, Gulf Coast added an insurance run in the sixth inning and followed with three more runs in both the seventh and eighth innings to extend the margin to double figures. EMCC ended the scoring with a two-out RBI double by Tyler Aldridge in the ninth inning.
The Lions banged out eight hits for the second straight day, but went down on strikes 13 times a day after striking out 16 times in Saturday’s 6-3 season-opening setback to Georgia Perimeter. Aldridge, a former Caledonia High School product, paced EMCC with a pair of doubles on Sunday. Reyes, a freshman from Northeast Lauderdale, went 2-for-3 on the day.
First-year head coach Chris Rose’s 0-2 EMCC Lions return to action with back-to-back road doubleheaders against Bevill State CC and reigning MACJC South Division champion Jones County JC on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
|Last Updated ( Sunday, 06 February 2011 )|
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