Cold bats and fielding miscues continue to undermine solid pitching performances as the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School baseball team enters the stretch run of the season.
The Tiger Sharks played a doubleheader March 28, hosting Graceville in game on and facing Wakulla High School in the second.
Port St. Joe blasted Graceville 12-1.
Bryce Godwin was the winning pitcher and Ricky Pennington and Tyler Worley each doubled and drove in a run to pace the Tiger Shark attack.
Wakulla handed Port St. Joe a 2-0 defeat.
The Tiger Sharks managed just two hits but Coach Chuck Gannon said eighth-grader Ethan Sander provided “a very good effort.” Sander allowed four hits and struck out six.
The following day, Port St. Joe traveled to Franklin County and won the District 2-1A contest 8-3.
Austin Clayton pitched a complete game, striking out eight.
Pennington and Worley each doubled and Tucker Smith, Godwin and Clayton each had hits.
The Seahawks came calling April 2 and beat Port St. Joe 6-3.
Chase Wilder started for Port St. Joe and pitched two shutout innings before he was relieved by Godwin due to a sore arm, Gannon said.
Port St. Joe bats were quiet, managing just four hits, and the Tiger Sharks committed five errors in the field.
Clayton had a triple in the bottom of the seventh and Godwin suffered the loss.
Port St. Joe faced Liberty County in a district game April 15.
In a nine-inning game the Tiger Sharks lost 5-4.
“We had our chances in the bottom of the sixth and seventh innings and could not come up with the big hit,” Gannon said, as Port St. Joe left 10 men on base.
Port St. Joe had just six hits with Tyler Worley singling twice.
Cole Cryderman started on the mound and went seven innings. Sander pitched the final two innings and was the losing pitcher.
“Both pitchers did a good job keeping us in the game,” Gannon said.
Gannon noted that Smith had some “jam-up” plays at short in support of Cryderman and Sander but the Tiger Sharks committed errors that led to the five Liberty County runs.
The Tiger Sharks lost 4-2 over the weekend to Tallahassee Godby.
Clayton was again sharp on the mound, throwing just 78 total pitches but Port St. Joe bats were again cold, managing just four hits from Troy Williams, Pennington, Worley and Smith.
“We left the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning when we could not come up with the big hit,” Gannon said.
Port St. Joe is at Bozeman tonight, at South Walton on Friday and will host Godby on Saturday for Senior Day, as Port St. Joe recognizes seniors Pennington, Clayton, Smith and Worley.