Navarre’s baseball team experienced the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat in a pair of games last week, beating West Florida 9-8 and falling 7-5 to rival Gulf Breeze on senior night.
It had been five years since Navarre’s baseball team had won a game in walk-off fashion. Last Thursday at home, the Raiders won in that manner.
In the fourth inning, Ryan Cocker’s two-run double turned a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead over the West Florida Jaguars. The Jags took the lead back with two runs of their own in the top of the fifth. Dusty Rogers then led off the bottom of the frame with a double to center. Cyrus Grimes tied the contest with his first of three RBIs for the night. Tyler Rebber then dug in and blasted a 2-0 pitch over the fence in left to give Navarre a 6-4 lead.
Brant Tolbert and Matt Morris were on base when Grimes came to bat in the sixth. His double to the fence in right center gave the Raiders a four-run cushion. The lead appeared to be safe when Cocker struck out two of the first three Jaguar hitters he faced in the seventh, but a walk and three straight hits resulted in four runs, and suddenly the game was tied again.
Cam Terrian led off the bottom of the seventh with an infield hit. Cade Taylor was then hit by a pitch, and Cocker reached on an error, loading the bases for Zach Gonzalez. With the game on the line, the Jags were forced to draw in their defense. Gonzalez sailed the second pitch he saw over the head of the left fielder, and Morris (running for Terrian) trotted in with the winning run.
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