Highlanders Victorious In Final Game At Visit Panama City Beach Tournament

Derek Wylie had three strong innings of relief as Gordon State edged Chattahoochee Valley in 14 innings. (Photo by Village Photography)
Derek Wylie had three strong innings of relief as Gordon State edged Chattahoochee Valley in 14 innings. (Photo by Village Photography)

PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- After dropping the first two games here at the Visit Panama City Beach Kevin Miller Baseball Tournament, Gordon State College's baseball team recovered to pick up a 5-4 14-inning victory over No. 11 Chattahoochee Valley Community College (Ala.) on Sunday.

GSC (2-4) had lost to St. Johns River State College (Fla.) 7-1 on Friday and host Gulf Coast State College (Fla.) 3-0 on Saturday, but the Highlanders came back on Sunday to get the win.

GSC led 3-1 after three innings only to watch CVCC come back to take a 4-3 lead with three runs in the seventh.

But the Highlanders tied it at 4-4 in the eighth, got the go-ahead run in the top of the 14th, and Derek Wylie (Warner Robins, Ga. / Veterans HS) closed the game out in the bottom of the frame for the win.

Wylie (1-0) pitched three innings of solid relief, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out three.

After Davis Swenson (Toccoa, Ga. / Stephens Co. HS) started and went five innings while allowing one run on one hit, Jaxon O'Neal (Newnan, Ga. / Newnan HS) Kolby Johnson (Ball Ground, Ga. / Creekview HS) combined for five innings of relief from the seventh through 11th innings and allowed just one run on three hits while walking one and striking out five.

GSC had only nine hits, but took advantage of five CVCC errors and eight walks to plate five runs.

Trevor Knowles (Folkston, Ga. / Charlton Co. HS) had a pair of hits with a walk and two RBI and Myles Napier (Cordele, Ga. / Crisp Co. HS) added two hits and a run scored for the Highlanders.

Sunday's game against CVCC marked the second time this season the two teams have squared off, with the Pirates winning 7-5 on February 3.  GSC and CVCC will play again on February 29 in Barnesville.

On Friday, GSC jumped out to a 1-0 in the third inning on an RBI single from Noah Dawkins (Marietta, Ga. / Kell HS), but St. Johns added two runs in the bottom of the inning and tacked on three more in the fifth and two in the seventh to pull away for the six-run triumph.

Gavin Patel (Moultrie, Ga. / Colquitt Co. HS) and Jesse Sherrill (Pensacola, Fla. / Tate HS) had two hits each for the Highlanders, who struck out 16 times against two Vikings' pitchers. 

On Saturday, Dominic Canale (Lawrenceville, Ga. / Mountain View HS) battled with control issues as the left-hander walked six Gulf Coast State batters in five innings, but kept it a scoreless game when he left heading to the sixth inning.

Then GCSC got on the scoreboard with two runs in the seventh and one more in the eighth to take the 3-0 lead. 

GSC managed only two hits against two Commodores' pitchers -- a single each from Wylie and Knowles -- and walked just once in the contest.

The Highlanders are back on the diamond on Friday when Cleveland State Community College (Tenn.) comes to Barnesville for a 2 p.m. first pitch.

The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday with a Noon starting time to complete the three-game series.

The Gordon State College Department of Athletics is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA).  Gordon State College competes in NJCAA Division I in the sports of Women's Soccer (Fall), Men's Basketball (Fall/Spring), Softball (Spring) and Baseball (Spring).  Gordon State College is located in Barnesville, Ga., approximately 60 miles south of Atlanta and 35 miles northwest of Macon.  Gordon State College offers both two-year and four-year degree programs and believes that our Athletics program provides student-athletes with the opportunity to be successful academically, athletically and in life after their time as a Highlander.  You can follow GSC Athletics at www.gscathletics.com, on Facebook (@GordonStateCollege #GSCHighlandersForward), on Twitter (@GordonState) and Instagram (gordon_state).