Taylor’s big stick helps fuel big MGCCC comeback

Taylor’s big stick helps fuel big MGCCC comeback

D'IBERVILLE – Sam Taylor had four doubles among five hits and Mississippi Gulf Coast rallied from five down in the sixth inning of a doubleheader nightcap against Southwest Tennessee for a sweep.


The Bulldogs (3-1) won 8-5 in the opener and scored eight in the sixth to win 10-7 in Game 2 at D'Iberville High School.


"It is huge," Taylor said. "For these freshmen and us sophomores, it's big for us to get the win moving forward."


Taylor had three double in his first three at-bats in the first game, then laid down a sacrifice bunt that helped provide an insurance run in a two-run sixth.


He singled in the top of the first inning of the next game, and followed a Champ Davison RBI single with a two-run double to pull Gulf Coast to 7-5 in the sixth.


That set up Tyler Evans (So., D'Iberville/D'Iberville) for perhaps the most crucial at-bat of the day against Southwest Tennessee (0-8).


"They go to the bullpen and bring in a hard thrower," Gulf Coast coach Rodney Batts said. "I told him, he's going to try to throw the fastball by you. I said get ready to hit the fastball."


Evans fell behind 1-2 before running the count full and fouling off five fastballs before drawing a walk to end an 11-pitch plate appearance.


"I had been struggling all day," he said. "I knew that was an important at-bat for us. I knew he didn't have any kind of breaking pitch; it was just going to be all fastballs. I just battled to the very end and was fortunate to get on base."


Donald Stokes (R-Fr., Ocean Springs/Pascagoula) got plunked to force in a run, as did Jantsen Glasgow (Fr., Caledonia/Caledonia) to tie the game. Evans scored on a wild pitch, and Dylan Menhennett walked to drive in another run before Colby Cagle (Fr., West Harrison/Lizana) smacked a two-run base hit for the final score.


Mason Sullivan (So., Harrison Central/Saucier) picked up the save, and Grant Atwood (Fr., Vancleave/Vancleave) earned the win.


Davison had two hits in each game, and Evans, Cagle and Chase Rhodes (So., St. Stanislaus/Bay St. Louis) also had two hits in the second game.


Glasgow had three hits in the first game, including a solo home run and a double. He drove in three runs.


Chris Crosby (R-So., Harrison Central/Gulfport) picked up the win in the opener, with Mark Wood (R-So., Picayune/Picayune) recording a four-out save.


Gulf Coast returns to action Tuesday when the Bulldogs travel to play Baton Rouge. The doubleheader starts at 4 p.m.


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