It took a few weeks for the Port St. Joe bats to get cranked up, but the Tiger Sharks found the magic last week as the baseball team recorded two relatively easy wins to boost their record to 6-1.
On Tuesday, March 7, Wills Norton drove in four runs with his four hits, including a triple, to help lead the Sharks to a 9-3 win over the Sneads Pirates.
Tied 2-2 after the first inning, St. Joe plated two runs in the second and another in the fourth before the Pirates closed the gap to 5-3 with a run of their own in the fifth.
After the Sneads score, St. Joe coach Ashley Summerlin brought in Jentzen Odom with two outs to relieve starting (and winning) pitcher Fisher Vandertulip to put out the Pirate fire.
The Tiger Sharks added four more runs in their half of the fifth, and there would be no more runners crossing the plate during the rest of the game.
Hunter Hicks pitched the seventh inning to preserve the Shark win over the 6-2 Pirates.
Vandertulip hit a triple, scored a run and drove in one. CJ Conway and Max Godwin each had a hit, scored twice, and drove in a run. Jack Trochessett drove in one, Odom scored a run, and Hicks scored twice.
The trip to Freeport on Friday night lasted much longer than the game itself, as the Tiger Sharks smashed 11 hits on their way to a 19-0 rout of the Bulldogs (3-3) in three innings.
Holding a 7-0 lead after their first at bat, St. Joe ended the game early with 12 runs in the third inning.
Odom fashioned a no-hitter and walked none to earn the win for St. Joe. He also had a hit and scored a run.
Jabara Pearson led the Shark attack with three hits, three runs, and five runs batted in, and he had plenty of help from his teammates.
Conway hit a triple, scored three runs, and drove in three more. Norton added two doubles, scored twice, and drove in three.
Vandertulip hit a two-bagger and scored twice; Godwin had a hit, a run, and two runs batted in; Baylor Partie had a hit, scored three times, and drove in one; and Trochessett had a hit and scored twice.
Peyton Knox drove in a run, and Owen Grantland scored two runs.
Summerlin and the Sharks hope that the hot bats continue when they visit Wakulla Christian School (5-2) this Saturday, March 18.