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)

Gulf hangs on vs. Wiregrass

WESLEY CHAPEL — Gulf's perfect record against county opponents was tested but the Bucs scraped together enough offense for a 3-1 victory Thursday at Wiregrass Ranch.

Held to one hit through six innings, Gulf (12-1) broke through in the seventh. But the visitors needed the help of a Wiregrass Ranch two-out error to take the lead.

It was 1-1 entering the seventh when Haley McCarthy worked a one-out walk. Taylor Cook singled to put the Bucs in business and with two out the runners advanced on a wild pitch. Leadoff hitter Britney Pressler, who entered the game with a .514 average but was 0-for-3, hit a grounder that was bobbled by the shortstop and the Bucs took the lead.

Hanna McCarthy made it 3-1 with an RBI single, though Bulls rightfielder Shailynn Morales made a laser throw to home that would have cut down Cook had the ball not been dropped.

Cook scored two of the Buccaneers' runs. She's in the lineup as a result of a season-ending injury to third baseman Tarra Rice, who broke her finger in warmups last week and was hitting .429.

"This team has been resilient," said Gulf coach Rick Hohenthaner. The description worked Thursday as Gulf could have been shaken by a home run from Wiregrass designated hitter Danielle Trina in the fourth that made it 1-0.

But Gulf answered in the top of the fifth when Cook, who was hit by a pitch leading off, came around on a couple of grounders and a wild pitch.

Madison Morlan withstood a Bulls rally in the final at-bat. Jordan Pierceall's double turned her into the tying run with one out, but Morlan got Rainy Perez to line out to second then struck out Kasey Mowery.

"She's as solid as anything I've seen on the mound," said Hohenthaner. Morlan struck out six and walked one.

Though she came into the night third on her team in innings pitched, Marissa Cohen got the start and did well, tossing the first five for Wiregrass (7-5) allowing just the one hit. Trina and Kaylee Barden both went 2-for-3 as the Bulls outhit Gulf 6-3.

Gulf hangs on vs. Wiregrass 03/14/13 [Last modified: Monday, March 18, 2013 11:20am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Ryan Callahan encouraged by his return


    Captain Steven Stamkos wasn't the only key Lightning player to make a triumphant return Friday night against Nashville.

  2. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Friday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    RHP Alex Cobb hates to hear how he "battled through" or "grinded out" a start rather than just dominated, but that's kind of what he did Friday, allowing nine hits and a walk and being charged with two wild pitches but only three runs in earning his 12th win.

  3. Lightning's Steven Stamkos looks close to top form in first game since November

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — The wait felt like forever for Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, having gone 10 months without playing in a game.

    A scramble in front of the Lightning goal has Matthew Peca, far left, and Erik Cernak, middle, helping out goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy during the third period of a 3-1 win against the Predators. Vasilevskiy, who made 29 saves, was “exceptional,” coach Jon Cooper says.
  4. Rays journal: Alex Cobb may have pitched last game in Rays uniform (w/video)

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — RHP Alex Cobb pitched well enough to lead the Rays to an 8-3 win over the Orioles on Friday.

    Wilson Ramos gives thanks after hitting a grand slam during the second inning, putting the Rays up 4-0.
  5. Ww's Odessabeach makes run at Husker Magic stakes final


    ST. PETERSBURG — When Hurricane Irma blew through Florida earlier this month, Ww's Odessabeach remained in her comfort zone.