Gulf Coast Baseball Off to Hot Start in Non-Conference Play

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - The Gulf Coast Commodores are 16-2 to open the 2017 campaign, and have won their last 11 games in a row.

The strengths of the team so far have been their pitching and defense – giving up 3 or less runs in 13 of the 18 games played.

The new local additions to the team –Rutherford's Jaquez Koonce, Arnold's Trevor Kilcrease, Wewahitchka's Rashard Ranie, bay high's JT Duncan, and Bozeman's Alec Aleywine – have stepped right in and proven they belong at the junior college level.

This is the last week of non-conference play. Competition really kicks up a notch next week when Northwest Florida comes to town.

Coach Kandler says the team will need to improve their hitting with runners in scoring position. Still, he's pleased with the early season results so far.

"We're happy we're winning games,” Coach Kandler says, “Obviously when the scoreboard is on, you want to win. But at the same time, we're trying to improve every week. We've got a long way to go before I'd say we're a great team, and the thing is in conference play everybody knows it's going to get much tougher. We've got to finish up this week, hopefully play well, and get ready for a really good Northwest Florida team next week."

The Commodores have a double-header against IMG Academy Tuesday at home starting at 3, and then take on Wallace Community College Thursday at 4.

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