Gulf Coast closes out season with sweep

Gulf Coast closes out season with sweep

Mississippi Gulf Coast wrapped up its baseball season with a dominant doubleheader sweep at Northeast on Saturday, winning both games by double digits.


The Bulldogs won the opener 14-4, then needed only six innings to blank the Tigers 10-0.


"For what these guys have been through the last month, the way they persevered and kept fighting and kept plugging, to not get down and to stay together, playing this last month, it says a lot about the heart and character about this group of 18 we've got," Gulf Coast coach Rodney Batts said. "They could have gone into today a lot of different ways, but they have pride in what they do."


Tyler Evans (So., D'Iberville/D'Iberville) finished his sophomore season with a 32-game hitting streak, picking up five hits. The last time he didn't get a hit was March 4, and he batted .411 with 36 RBI/


"That's a testament to Tyler and his work ethic," Batts said. "Every day he's working on his swing. To go through and have a 32-game hit streak, that's the longest I've ever been involved with. It's hard to have a four- or five-game hitting streak, much less 32 games."


Dylan Mills-Derouen (R-So., Biloxi/Biloxi) flirted with a second career no-hitter, not allowing a baserunner until two outs in the fifth. That was the only hit he allowed in a no-walk performance. He was pulled with two outs in the sixth to get fellow sophomore Mason Sullivan (So., Harrison Central/Saucier) one more appearance.


"He told (Pitching) Coach (Eric) Ebers before the game he was going to go out and try to throw a no-hitter," Batts said. "He threw really well. He had a great two years here and he'll have a great two years at West Florida."


Beau Bratton (Fr., St. Patrick/Biloxi) had four hits in the opener, including two home runs and a double. He drove in three, as did Evans, who also homered.


Sam Taylor (So., New Hope/Columbus) had three hits, and two of three hits by Champ Davison (So., Pascagoula/Pascagoula) were doubles.


Josh Lewis (Fr., Theodore/Theodore) picked up the win with seven innings of five-hit ball. He allowed three runs, only one of which was earned.


Mills-Derouen picked up his 10th win of the season, aided by two hits each by Evans, Logan McGrew (Fr., Sumrall/Sumrall) and Chase Fagan (R-Fr., Hancock/Hancock County).


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