Maybe a one-day trip to Georgia was the ticket.
Possibly, the opportunity to take a brief break, some for the first time, out of the hurricane zone restored some calm, some confidence.
Whatever the reason, the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School baseball team is on a run.
The Tiger Sharks (10-4) stretched their current winning streak to six as the offense showed it had found some rhythm.
Port St. Joe has been unbeaten since returning from a March 16 trip to Georgia.
“I do believe getting out of here helped,” said Coach Ashley Summerlin. “It is hard when you are playing to expectations. We were humbled early in the year.
“We’re doing a lot better than we were early in the year. Our pitching has always been solid, but our offense has found some rhythm.”
Among the statistics of note: the Tiger Sharks are 33 of 37 in stolen bases, Caden Turrell a perfect 12 for 12.
In addition, Port St. Joe has 25 extra-base hits in 14 games, including 18 doubles, five triples and two home runs.
Last year, the Tiger Sharks did not hit a home run until the last week of season.
“We were a single-hitting machine last year,” Summerlin said. “The difference between this year and last year is we are getting a lot of extra-base hits.”
Port St. Joe hosts Wewahitchka 6:30 p.m. ET tonight and gets a short break before facing a tough Liberty County team 6 p.m. ET Tuesday.
Port St. Joe 8, Sneads 4
Tanner Amison got the win for the Tiger Sharks after starting and pitching 6 1/3 innings.
He allowed six hits, three earned runs and struck out six.
Port St. Joe banged out nine hits, Kelvin Griffin 3 for 4 with two RBIs and Jaden Grantland 2 for 3 with two RBIs.
“It was a really well-played game,” Summerlin said. “We are getting back into the rhythm of things.”
Port St. Joe 13, Wewahitchka 2
John Austin Gee started and earned the win in a game shortened to five innings on the mercy rule.
“Everybody played,” Summerlin said. “And the top of our order really set the table.
Port St. Joe had eight hits.
Port St. Joe 10, Vernon 0
After skirting the number for several games, the Tiger Sharks collected 10 hits, including a triple by Turrell and two hits apiece from Griffin and Cameron Harmon.
The game was shortened to five innings on the mercy rule.
Josh Butts started and pitched three innings, striking out six and Gee pitched the final two innings, fanning two.