Holmes defeats Miss. Gulf Coast, 8-5
Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-05-12 17:36:11
ELLISVILLE –The Holmes Community College Bulldogs advanced to the winner’s bracket of the MACJC State Baseball Tournament with an 8-5 victory over Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College here on a hot Thursday afternoon at Community Bank Park.
The victory assures Holmes of hosting the Region 23 Tournament next week. The top three teams from the state tournament advance to the regionals May 19-21.
Holmes won despite being outhit 16-8 by Gulf Coast. But the Goodman version of Bulldogs took advantage of four walks and came up with the timely hits.
Holmes will face the Jones County/Northwest winner at 2:30 p.m. Friday in a winner’s bracket game. Gulf Coast faces the JCJC/Northwest loser at 11 a.m. on Friday in an elimination game.
Holmes scored two runs on just one hit in the first inning, taking advantage of three walks and a hit batter.
Holmes led 3-0 after two and scored four in the fourth to take a 7-2 lead.
Holmes got two singles from Jared Rutland and one single each from Jayson Keel, Reggie O’Briant, Rafiel Johnson, Josh Crowder, Jocobby Robinson and Trennis Grant.
Johnson was the starter and winner. He went six innings, gave up three runs, 11 hits, walked none and struck out four. Patrick Stewart went the final three innings, allowed two runs (one earned), five hits and recorded a save.
Gulf Coast got two singles and a double from Michael Paul and three singles from J.C. Cassidy. Zach DeSoto, Nick Boggs and Hunter Frierson had two singles each. Ben Slaton, Nick Purdy, Trey Porter and Daniel Miles each singled.
Anthony Izzio was the starter and loser. He went four innings, allowed seven runs (all earned), seven hits, walked four and struck out three. Tyler Bray went three innings, gave up an unearned run and struck out one. Timothy Maloney pitched an inning and allowed a hit.
Holmes improves to 30-15, while Gulf Coast falls to 23-21.
Holmes 8, Gulf Coast 5
Gulf Coast (23-21) 001 110 011 – 5 16 1
Holmes (30-15) 210 401 00x – 8 8 2
Anthony Izzio, Tyler Bray (5), Timothy Maloney (8) and Nick Purdy. Rafiel Johnson, Patrick Stewart (7) and Brandon Villareal. WP-Johnson. LP-Izzio. Sv-Stewart. Gulf Coast hitters: Michael Paul 2 1B, 2B; J.C. Cassidy 3 1B; Zach DeSoto 2 1B; Nick Boggs 2 1B; Hunter Frierson 2 1B; Ben Slaton 1B; Nick Purdy 1B; Trey Porter 1B; Daniel Miles 1B. Holmes hitters: Jared Rutland 2 1B; Jayson Keel 1B; Reggie O’Briant 1B; Rafiel Johnson 1B; Josh Crowder 1B; Jocobby Robinson 1B; Trennis Grant 1B. T-3:03.