KILN - After being held scoreless in the first six innings of their district game at Hancock on Monday, the Gulfport baseball team put up three runs in the seventh inning to tie the game, on their way to a 4-3 win.
Travis McNett scored the first run in the seventh inning after he got hit by a pitch to get on base. Kevin Carter's double to deep right field scored C.J. Keckler. Carter scored the third run of the evening on a passed ball at the plate.
Carter also scored the winning run in the top of the ninth inning as a hot ground ball got under the glove of the Hawks' second baseman and rolled into the outfield.
"We can click offensively; we just kind of come out too slow at times," said Admirals' coach James McMahon. "We got a little spark there in the seventh.
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"Their guy was good," added McMahon. "He (B.J. Kennedy) pitched well tonight for the first six. We struggled out there until that seventh inning."
Kennedy held the Admirals to a single hit through six innings. In the seventh inning, two batters were hit by pitches; he gave up a single and a double and a run scored on a pass ball at the plate.
Offensively, the Hawks scored a run in the first inning and two in the second inning. Over the third, fourth and fifth innings, the Hawks left six runners on base.
"We had runners on second and third or the bases loaded, and we just left them out there," said Hawks' coach Anthony Dewitt. "We've had a few issues finishing. We've got to figure out how to finish."
For Gulfport, Holden McHugh faced only three Hawks' batters in the final inning. Two batters were thrown out at first on infield ground balls, and he struck out the second batter of the inning to secure the win.
"Holden McHugh has done that for us a lot this year," said McMahon. "He comes in and he is kind of our closer. He's started some games, but he comes in a lot of trouble all the time. He's got three pitches he can throw. He's been great for us."
The Admirals improve to 14-8 (6-4 district). They play a three-game series against Jim Hill beginning Friday in Gulfport (tentatively starting at 6:00 p.m.). They play Saturday in Jackson.