The Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School baseball team has discovered its offense and the wins are following.
The Tiger Sharks (7-4) have won five of their past six after running their winning streak to three through Tuesday.
Port St. Joe is at Sneads tonight and at Wewahitchka 7 p.m. ET Friday.
The Tiger Sharks continue on the road at Vernon Tuesday.
The key to the hot streak: offense.
“Offense is always up and down but right now it seems to be on the upswing,” said Port St. Joe coach Ashley Summerlin. “We are starting to come around on offense.”
In addition, Port St. Joe continues to build a deep array of arms, none of them overpowering, which has allowed Summerlin and pitching coach Travis Burge to more efficiently regulate pitch and inning counts.
“We knew coming into the season we had some guys that could pitch,” Summerlin said. “It was the experience.
“They seem to have taken the bull by the horn and go out and compete. And that is all you can ask for, for them to go out and compete as best they can.”
Port St. Joe 11, Franklin County 0
The Tiger Sharks scored 11 runs on eight hits as the offensive explosion continued Tuesday with a district win completed in five innings based on the mercy rule.
Caden Turrell was 3 for 3 with a home run, double and single, stole a base and drove in three.
Caleb Butts was 2 for 4 with a double and drove in two and Josh Butts hit a double that stuck in the top of the outfield fence, inches short of a home run.
Josh Butts also pitched the first four innings, striking out nine.
Port St. Joe 8, North Bay Haven 1
Jacob Hopper pitched his first complete game as a high school varsity pitcher, allowing an earned run on four hits with two strikeouts to earn the win.
“He had a good line for us,” Summerlin said. “He did a really nice job for us.”
At the plate, the Tiger Sharks ripped nine hits, seven going for extra bases.
Jaden Grantland and Turrell were each 2 for 3 with a triple and a double.
Cameron Harmon had two of Port St. Joe’s five stolen bases.
Port St. Joe 5, Sneads 4
Carter Dorsch earned the win with an inning of scoreless relief and the Port St. Joe bats came alive for one of the first times all season.
The Tiger Sharks had seven hits.
“This was one of the first games we got a bunch of hits and we were able to string them together and score some runs,” Summerlin said.
“Grantland was 3 for 3 and Hopper 2 for 3.