Record Breaking Gulf Coast Baseball Team

By: Mark Vaughn Email
By: Mark Vaughn Email

The Gulf Coast Commodores are red hot at the plate this season averaging nearly 11 runs a game in conference play.

Head Coach Mike Kandler said, "We came out of the gate well in January and never really stopped...We've got alot of experienced hitters...we got guys that work really hard not only in the batting cage but in the weight room."

The Commodores broke the school record for home runs in a season against Tallahassee Community College.

They've hit 70 homers with 17 games left in the regular season. Coach Kandler credits much of the teams success to first year assistant Michael Murphree and his approach to hitting.

Kandler added, "I think he's brought the work ethic first of all, and then he's brought a real patient approach."

Assistant Coach Michael Murphree said, "Try to use the KISS principle, keep it simple stupid, and the other thing is aggressiveness cures alot of flaws."

Gulf Coast players are feeding off one anothers' success at the plate, and it's made hitting contagious. "If one guy can get it going for you early in a game it seems to rub off on everybody else," Kandler added.

First Baseman Tyler Reimer said, "When we see our teammates do well it makes us want to do well so it's kind of a chain reaction kind of thing."

Reimer says the ultimate goal is to win, but if they can break a few records along the way they will. "We're definitely going to move the record up there, for sure."

Along with the 70 home runs, the 'Dores have scored 346 runs that's 123 shy of the single season team record of 469. They also have 322 R-B-I, the current record stands at 407. With 17 games left in the regular season these records could also be broken this year.


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