Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Doyle's grand slam all Warhawks need in win

SEMINOLE — With one flick of his wrists, Jordan Doyle walloped a baseball past the left-centerfield fence Tuesday, providing Seminole with a grand slam that was worth much more than four runs.

It was the jolt the Warhawks needed in a 4-3 victory over Bradenton IMG Pendleton Academy.

For five innings, Seminole struggled against Pendleton Academy's Casey Mulholland, a right-hander who kept hitters off balance with an assortment of pitches.

Mulholland, an Ole Miss signee, had a comfortable lead and was on pace for a shutout.

That all changed in the sixth inning.

Mulholland gave up a pair of singles and a walk, leaving the bases loaded for Doyle, who had struck out twice before.

"I really wasn't nervous in that situation," Doyle said. "I knew their pitcher didn't want to walk me and he had to come to me. I just wanted to make sure I put a bat on the ball and elevate it.

"It's a win that I think will definitely help us out in the long run."

It was Doyle's first high school home run, and his swing seemed to energize the Warhawks.

Seminole (9-1) sent eight batters up in the inning but did not add to its lead.

No matter. Joey Krehbiel came on in relief and shut down Pendleton in the seventh to preserve the win.

"You couldn't ask for a better way to end a game, facing that kind of team and that kind of pitcher," Warhawks coach Greg Olsen said. "I'm proud of the guys for hanging in there and finding a way to win."

Seminole's victory comes four days after it handed Northeast its first loss.

The Warhawks look more robust as they travel to face Punta Gorda Charlotte on Friday in a rematch of last year's Class 5A region quarterfinal game. After that, Seminole has tough district games against Clearwater and Dunedin next week.

"The biggest thing about us is we're trying to be consistent each game," Olsen said. "I think we're starting to get that."

Doyle's grand slam all Warhawks need in win 03/17/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 12:24am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Tampa Bay Super Bowls: A brief history and some predictions for 2021


    At last, Tampa will host a Super Bowl again. It used to be that the Cigar City would host one a decade, but by the time February 2021 rolls around, it will have been 12 years since the epic showdown between the Steelers and Cardinals. Because it has been awhile, let's revisit those past Super Bowls while also peering …

    Santonio Holmes hauls in the game-winning touchdown in the Steelers' 27-23 Super Bowl XLIII victory over the Cardinals in 2009, the last time Tampa hosted a Super Bowl. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]
  2. Rays bats go silent in second straight loss to Angels (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Sure, Alex Cobb was to blame for the Rays' 4-0 loss on Tuesday.

    Derek Norris strikes out with the bases loaded as the Rays blow a golden opportunity in the seventh inning.
  3. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Angels game

    The Heater

    RHP Alex Cobb made mistakes on back-to-back pitches to the first two Angels hitters Tuesday, allowing homers to Cameron Maybin and Mike Trout, but otherwise gave the Rays another solid outing, working into the eighth and scattering seven hits.

  4. Rays journal: Brad Miller won't return from DL when eligible

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — 2B Brad Miller (left abdominal strain) will not return from the 10-day disabled list Friday as he hoped. While he took ground balls Tuesday, he has yet to resume running.

    Rays second baseman Brad Miller, left, with infielder Tim Beckham, says he’s letting his left abdominal strain “cool down” before testing it by running.
  5. USF baseball rallies to beat Tulane in AAC tournament opener


    CLEARWATER — With Tulane runners on first and second and two out in the top of the ninth inning Tuesday, USF's dugout watched as burly American Athletic Conference co-player of the year Hunter Williams' fly to left went deep.

    USF outfielder Chris Chatfield is congratulated by third-base coach Chris Cates after hitting a three-run homer in the third inning, tying the score at 3.