Gulf Coast wins fourth, fifth straight

Gulf Coast wins fourth, fifth straight

D'IBERVILLE – Mississippi Gulf Coast swept Baton Rouge on Tuesday, extending its winning streak to five games.


Chase Rhodes (So., St. Stanislaus/Bay St. Louis) homered and drove in four in the opener, providing more than enough offense for Dylan Mills-Derouen (R-So., Biloxi/Biloxi) to win 5-0. Donald Stokes (R-Fr., Ocean Springs/Pascagoula) had a two-run single in the sixth to lift the Bulldogs to a 6-4 victory.


"It may be the longest winning streak we've had since I've been here," Gulf Coast coach Rodney Batts said. "We're battling, we're competing. We didn't play well today either game, but like I told our team, when you can find a way to win without playing your best, it says a lot about your team."


It ties Batts' longest win streak and makes his Bulldogs 5-1 on the season. Baton Rouge falls to 4-9.


In the opener, Rhodes turned on a fastball up and in to belt a two-run homer in the bottom of the third. It was his first career home run, and he added an RBI groundout in the fourth and singled to drive in the final run in the sixth.


"Anytime you get a win the first game, it's huge," he said. "It sets the tone. Dylan threw a great game. It's a lot easier to win when they don't score any runs."


Mills-Derouen (1-1) struck out six while allowed just three hits in six innings of work. It's the same D'Iberville High School mound he threw a no-hitter on last season against East Central.


"I've done pretty well here," he said. "It's weird. I'm a Biloxi Indian coming into Warriors Stadium and doing well. It's ironic."


Gulf Coast rallied from a pair of deficits in Game 2. The Bulldogs scored two third-inning runs without a hit, with Stokes and Jantsen Glasgow (Fr., Caledonia/Caledonia) getting plunked to drive in runs after a slew of Bears errors.


Baton Rogue scored an unearned run of its own in the fifth, before the final Gulf Coast rally.


Tyler Evans (So., D'Iberville/D'Iberville) drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk to tie the game. Stokes got to be the hero on a 2-2 changeup, lashing it through the left side of the infield for a two-run single.


"I wanted to find a way to score one run and get us on top," Stokes said. "It felt great knowing I helped out the team. I knew Brandon was going to come in and shut them down, like he did last year."


Brandon Kennedy (So., Choctaw Central/Philadelphia) retired the side in order in the seventh to record his second save of the year. Mason Sullivan got the win with 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.


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