Commodores Stay Alive At State With 9th Inning Rally

LAKELAND-- In order to win a state title, sometimes you have to survive some serious drama. That's exactly what the Gulf Coast baseball team did Monday morning down in Lakeland against conference rival Tallahasssee.

Those two meeting in an elimination game with Tallahassee leading 4-2 going to the bottom of the ninth.

Eagles ace Victor Cole got the first out of the 9th, but Trevor Foster reached when his pop-up dropped in between two fielders, Ryan Koziol followed with a single, Nick Flair's ground rule double scored Foster and left the winning runs in scoring position.

Brian Lamboy then singled to right, tying the game and and Flair scored the game winner when the right fielder's throw sailed over the catchers head. So Gulf Coast gets a comeback 5-4 win to stay alive.

The Commodores now at 40-13 play what you could call a semifinal game against the Polk-Central Florida loser Tuesday at one eastern. If they win that one, they would have to beat the Polk/Central Florida winner twice Wednesday to claim the title.