Lady Commodores Win Interim Coach Butler's Debut

Panama City, FL---Friday, Gulf Coast State College Softball head coach Susan Painter, the leader of the program for the last 21 years, and assistant coach Ryann Ellingsworth have both been put on paid administrative leave until further notice.

Saturday, the Lady Commodores took the field for the first time with interim head coach Charity Butler.

Her first challenge leading the Lady 'Dores was a doubleheader against first place Tallahassee.

The Eagles took an early 1-0 lead after a homer from Alexis Huss in the second inning. Yet, in the bottom of the frame, the Lady Commodores answered right back on a solo shot from Taylor Campbell.

TCC would retake the lead with runs in the forth and fifth to go up 3-1.

In the bottom of the fifth, GC would take control of the contest. After loading the bases, they would tie the game after back to back RBI singles from Anna Martin and Maleah McCombs.

Brittany Wylie's infield single would give Gulf Coast their first lead of the game at 4-3.

The Lady Commodores took full control when Holly Brown cleared the bases with a three run triple.

The Eagles would add two more, but Gulf Coast breaks their six game losing skid, winning 7-5 in the first matchup of the doubleheader.

In the highlights attached above from game one, the visitors make their presence felt. Alexis Huss goes deep to left center in the top of the second for a solo shot. Eagles strike first.

In the bottom half. Taylor Campbell answers back for the home team with a bomb of her own to right center. Her teammates mob her at the plate. Game's even at one.

TCC would take a 3-1 lead but in the bottom of the fifth, the home squad has bases loaded, and the Lady Commodores capitalize.

Anna Martin's dribbler is thrown home but Kayla Fields beats it. Now 3-2.

Next up, Maleah McCombs ties the game back up on her grounder up the middle. Katie White scores. Knotted up a 3.

Bases are still loaded when Holly Brown breaks the game open with a three run triple that roles all the way to the wall and Gulf Coast wins 7-5.

In game two, the offense didn't roll over for the Lady 'Dores, as they fell 7-1. The win gives Tallahassee the Panhandle Conference Championship, their first since 1998.

Gulf Coast sits in sole possession of forth place.


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