Gulf Coast’s original journey into Panhandle Convention play at final weekend’s spherical robin occasion in Dothan begun off on the right foot with a 7-4 win over Tallahassee.
By weekend’s stop, the Woman Commodores headed household with a sour flavor in their mouths and a 1-3 report that left them near the base of the league standings.
Even with suffering consecutive losses to Pensacola Point out, Chipola, and Northwest Florida State, Gulf Coastline continue to completed the weekend becoming outscored by just a few complete operates over the four online games.
For Lady Commodores mentor Scot Thomas, who acquired his 1st taste of Panhandle play following missing out previous period owing to the pandemic, probably the most important takeaway from Dothan was simply just that the margin for error in this league is very small.
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“It demonstrates the balance of our league, you can find no question about it,” he reported. “We have received many groups that will just take gain of your mistakes and I feel we’re a single of them. But there is certainly a lot of parity in this league from what I’ve noticed so significantly. It really should be pleasurable to see what takes place as the year goes on.”
No issue the most distressing loss of the weekend for Gulf Coastline was its past. Major 13-8 by means of six innings, the Girl Commodores surrendered 6 operates in the leading of the seventh to allow Northwest Florida Condition to rally for a 14-13 victory.
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The change among a 1-3 start off and a 2-2 commence is considerable for the Woman Commodores in what is environment up to be a restricted Panhandle race.
“I consider anyone could’ve arrive out of that at 2-2 and felt Okay about it,” Thomas stated. “There had been times I imagined we played actually nicely. I thought in opposition to Chipola we made seriously superior make contact with, they just designed performs and we could not get nearly anything across. That occurs. From Pensacola Condition we carried a direct into the fifth, but they modified pitchers and the kid they introduced in rather significantly shut us down just after that.
“(Versus Northwest Florida Point out), it was just a person of those game titles exactly where we experienced a probability but we just could not halt the bleeding in the seventh. If we could’ve gotten out of there with a win we would’ve been great having 2-2. But losing like that remaining a bad style in our mouths.”
Gulf Coastline was scheduled to stage out of meeting for a doubleheader on Tuesday versus Wallace Dothan ahead of returning to Panhandle levels of competition on Saturday with a dwelling doubleheader against Tallahassee.
That will be the initial of eight meeting doubleheaders so there is a great deal of time for the Lady Commodores to enjoy catch up. But Thomas mentioned that his staff will have to be a bit sharper and additional steady in just about every factor of the game likely forward if things are to get turned back again in a optimistic route.
“I you should not know if there’s any 1 piece of the game (we have to get improved at), we have just received to engage in a finish sport,” he explained. “You will find often issues you can deal with. Finishing with the pitching staff members will be significant, but it truly is distinct in a doubleheader sequence when you’ve received your full staff for two games vs. separating it out for four games in two times.
“We just have to concentrate on becoming the finest that we can be. If our best is not adequate, then it is really not plenty of. But if we’re having care of the stuff we can control then which is the very best we can do. I will not know if we did that past weekend. I do not know if we played a full 7 innings even against Tallahassee. There are times we could’ve performed better. It’s just a subject of producing positive we play the best ball we can and that’s all we can do.”