Thursday, May 13, 2021

Baseball top seed despite walk off loss




Brandon Hines, shown here keeping a ball on the infield in a recent game, verbally ­commited to Palm Beach State College last week. Jason Thompson/Gulf Breeze News

Brandon Hines, shown here keeping a ball on the infield in a recent game, verbally ­commited to Palm Beach State College last week. Jason Thompson/Gulf Breeze News

The Gulf Breeze High ­baseball team split a doubleheader with Washington Friday to clinch the top seed in the district tournament.

GBHS (14-7), who host Pace tonight in their ­regular ­season finale, won the ­resumption of the ‘Fog Out’ game 8-5 before the Wildcats won game two 8- 7. Game one started March 26, but was suspended by fog in the fourth.

The Dolphins were a strike away from a sweep before the Wildcats strung together three straight singles to win the game.

Gulf Breeze overcame some base-running miscues early, ­rallying from 3-0 down in the first and 6-2 down in the fourth.

Gulf Breeze got to within 3-2 with a pair in the top of the fourth. Carson Hepworth, who went 3- for-4, drove in one of his four runs with a double to plate Will Ackenhausen, who led off with a single. Ackenhausen went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

Andrew Thorn, who went 2- for-3 with two RBIs, brought in Hepworth with a single.

Washington scored three of their own in the fourth before the Dolphins answered with two in the fifth.

Ackenhausen hit a sac fly to score Troy Coughlin, who doubled. Hepworth then singled to score Brock Clayton, who doubled. Clayton went 2- for-4 with a run scored in his varsity debut.

GBHS scored three in the seventh to take a 7-6 lead.

Hepworth singled to score Coughlin, who walked, to tie it, before Thorn singled to play courtesy runner Sean Nerger.

Wesley Mann went 2-for-4 in the loss. He’s hit in nine of his last 10 games, hitting .444 (16- for-36) in that stretch.

Dolphins8,Washington 5: GBHS scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth to win the resumption of the ‘fog game.’

Mann, who went 3- for-3, hit one of his two doubles to play Brandon Hines and Troy Coughlin. Hines went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

GBHS tacked on five more with two outs.

Hepworth singled to knock in Dom Jackson, who had a hit and scored twice. C.J. Munro, running for Mann, scored on an error before Hepworth and Zach Meaux scored on an error.

Hines then singled to score Ackenhausen to make it 7-5.

Mann rounded out the scoring in the sixth with a double to score Jackson.

Ackenhausen threw 3 2/3 innings of shutout, one-hit ball to get the win.

Tate 10, Dolphins 2: GBHS needed three pitchers to get through a six-run seventh inning for the Aggies, who snapped the Dolphins’ seven-game win streak April 13.

The Aggies scored single runs in the first, third and fourth innings before the Dolphins scored one in the bottom of the fourth.

Coughlin singled with two outs in the fourth to score Hepworth. Mann then doubled in the bottom of the seventh and scored on a passed ball.

Thorn had the team’s only other hit – a lead-off double in the bottom of the first.

Jacob Thorn struck out five in the first four innings, walking only one.