The next few weeks could be a tipping point for the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School baseball team.
Sporting a record of 5-7 overall and 2-2 in District 2-1A play, the Tiger Sharks play three district games this week, follow with four more games the following week and three the week after that as the schedule heats up.
The Tiger Sharks hosted Bozeman on Tuesday, host Liberty County at 5 p.m. (JV) and 7 p.m. ET tonight and host South Walton at 6 p.m. (varsity only) on Friday.
“This is a big week for us,” said Coach Chuck Gannon. “We still have a ways to go, but we can’t afford to back up too many more games. We have to get in there this week and see how we can do against these other district teams.”
The teams other than Blountstown, that is, which is undefeated on the season and handed Port St. Joe two lopsided losses in the week prior to the Spring Break.
In the week before Spring Break, the Tiger Sharks also fell 6-2 to Altha in a game that was rained out with the teams tied 2-2 on Monday and was continued two days later.
Bryce Godwin was the losing pitcher and the Tiger Sharks managed just a two hits and made several costly errors, Gannon said.
During the break, the Tiger Sharks entertained teams from Mississippi.
Last Tuesday, Port St. Joe fell 3-0 to Ingomar, MS.
Austin Clayton was the losing pitcher but the Tiger Sharks faced Ingomar’s No. 1 pitcher and could not put together hits.
“Austin pitched well enough to keep us in the ball game,” Gannon said, noting the score was 1-0 in the late innings. “We could not get enough timely hits to produce runs.”
On Thursday, the Tiger Sharks got back in the groove during a doubleheader with Myrtle, MS.
The Tiger Sharks won both ends of the twin bill by 11-3 scores behind the starting pitching of Chase Wilder, the winner in the first game, and Cole Cryderman who won the second.
“Those victories helped pick our spirits up,” Gannon said. “We had lost a little confidence, I think. We did start to hit the ball a little bit better and our defense is picking up. We played good defense again Ingomar.
“We hit the ball better and it was good for the kids to go out there and get the bats on the ball.”
Wilder struck out four and allowed two hits and Cryderman struck out three and allowed just one hit.
Tyler Worley was 5 for 6 on the day to lead the Tiger Sharks offense; Godwin was 4 for 8.
Cryderman and Ricky Pennington were 2 for 4 in the opener and Tucker Smith was 2 for 4 and Jarkeice Davis 2 for 3 in the nightcap.