Category Archives: TCC Baseball

Eagles beat Rattlers in Preseason Tune-Up

Chrystal Fernandes, Correspondent (@CFernadesFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida A&M University baseball team (FAMU) took on the Tallahassee Community College Eagles (TCC) in their annual exhibition game to start off the season.  

With very few mistakes from the players, the Rattlers took a 4-0 lead.

“We had to keep going, and not think about it,”  TCC’s Kyle Bensen said.

 

In the next two innings, both teams had difficulty scoring due to all the mistakes being made. At the top of the third inning, the Eagles scored five runs to take the lead. 

At the top of the fifth inning, Bensen hit a two-run homerun, giving the Eagles a lead of 7-4.

“It was a great feeling,” Bensen said.

The Rattlers struggled to get a good hit off the bat or to catch any balls hit from the Eagles the rest of the way. The Eagles added another run to seal the game.

With a final score of 8-4, the Eagles took home a win giving them motivation for what this new season has in store.

TCC Baseball Disappoints In Conference Opener

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Max Fay, Editor in Chief (@Max_Fay on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)–Tallahassee Community College got off on the wrong foot, then couldn’t put one foot in front of the other.

The Eagles (15-11) fell behind early and never could make it a ballgame, getting thrashed 16-5 by Chipola (20-4) in their first conference game of the season.

Starting pitcher Brooks Buckler lasted only 1.2 innings, giving up seven earned runs on five hits and three walks. The lone bright spot for TCC was Cole Vann, who homered to straight away center field, and then came on to pitch in the sixth inning, recording a pair strikeouts.

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“It was a bad start,” TCC head coach Mike McLeod said. “We made some mistakes on the mound and out in the field early. We walked guys and gave up a lot of hits, and that is a recipe not very conducive to winning a baseball game. The lack of defensive really took us out of the game.”

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TCC Baseball Extend their Winning Streak to Seven Games

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Tallahassee Community College Eagles (13-10) defeated the East Georgia State Bobcats to extend 7-2 to extend their winning streak to seven games. 

TCC scored first when Myron Mebane drove home Tanner Thomas on a single to center. After starting the season 0-for-13, he’s turned it around and is 4-for-11 in his last four games. 

This is the seventh straight game in which the Eagles have scored in the first inning.

The Eagles scored a run in each of the first four innings. A single by Bryce Plummer brought home Jack Hartman in the second inning, and a sacrifice fly by Thomas allowed the second run of the inning to score. 

Nick Blasucci drove home Deyvid Silva in the third inning to give TCC a 4-0 lead.

Already with a run on the board in the fifth inning, Silva knocked in two more runs to provide the Eagles with a 7-0 cushion. The Eagles didn’t score the rest of the game, but their pitching staff took care of business.

Starting pitcher Hunter Tinsley pitched four innings and gave up four hits and no earned runs. The only time he got in trouble was in the top of the fifth, when he gave up a walk to the first three batters of the inning. TCC Coach Mike McCleod pulled him and Jake Hunkiar came in relief. He retired the first two batters, and it appeared that he’d retire the third and get out of the jam. However, first baseman Blasucci couldn’t field an errant throw by shortstop Silva to end the inning. The error allowed two runs to score. Silva made up for it on the very next play and got the final out of the sixth.

Nick Marchese came in the seventh to closed out the next three innings for the Eagles. He retired seven of his first eight batters. Six of those batters were struck out. Over three innings, he gave up no hits, three walks, and struck out seven. 

TCC plays East Georgia State again on Saturday at 1:00, and Grand Rapids Community College at 6:00

TCC Baseball Coach Mike McCleod picked up his 900th career victory

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Tallahassee Community College Eagles used a six-run sixth inning to win and give head coach Mike McCleod his 900th career win as the Eagles (9-10) defeated the Chattahoochee Valley Pirates (Ala.) 11-6. 

 All of  coach Mike McCleod wins have come during his 27-year tenure at TCC. During his time as an Eagle, his teams have won five Panhandle Conference Championships, most recently in 2013.

“I’m just very grateful that I’ve had the longevity to have associated with these young men,” said McCloud, who was also an assistant under Florida State head coach Mike Martin from 1982-1990. “What it means to me is just remembering all the times.”

Both teams traded runs in the first. CVCC’s Kurt Ornowski reached on an error and was later driven in by Carson Hughes. In the bottom of the inning, Jordan Curtis walked aboard and scored on a passed ball. 

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Eagles End Six-Game Losing Streak

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent ( @AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Tallahassee Community College Eagles (8-10) got their first win in six games in a 9-6 victory against the Chattahoochee Valley Pirates (Ala.)

TCC opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning. Tanner Thomas (2-for-5) hit a single and stole a base to get himself into scoring position, and Cole Vann (2-for-4) drove him home for his first of three RBI for the game. 

Starting pitching for TCC was shaky once again. Nick Blasucci (3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) walked two batters and hit one to load the bases in the the second inning. That’s when CVCC’s Isaac Phillips drove him Jaylen Smith to tie the game at one.

In the top of the third, CVCC strung together three hits to start the inning. A.J. Willoughby scored on a single by Brandon Hill, and Jayson Cook drove home Carson Hughes for the second run of the inning. Hill scored on the same play after a throwing error by Deyvid Silva.

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Chatt Valley Defeats Eagles Friday to take Series Opener

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – A four run second inning wasn’t enough for the Tallahassee Community  College Eagles (7-10), as they fell to the NJCAA No. 6 Chattahoochee Valley Pirates (Ala.), 9-6.

After the Pirates scored three runs in the first two innings, Deyvid
Silva and Tucker Rayburn started got walked to begin the bottom of the second, and Chris Clark was hit by a pitch. Silva scored on a wild
pitch by Chandler Newman for the Eagles’ first run of the game.
Haughton got hit by a pitch to make the bases loaded once again, and Jack Hartman showed his patience by forcing another walk, driving in Rayburn in the process.

Newman was pulled after facing five batters in the inning, walking three and hitting two. The Eagles were able to get one more run off of new pitcher Charles Crosby when Tanner Thomas hit into a fielder’s choice and drove Clark home.

The Eagles notched one more run in the fourth when Josh Nothdorft
drove home Haughton. The 5-3 lead would be the Eagles’ largest of the night.

Eagle starting pitcher Brooks Buckler (6.0 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 3 K, 4 BB)
had his shakiest outing of the season against a Chattahoochee team
that came into the game with a .337 batting average.

He settled down after the second inning, giving up only one hit
between the third and fifth innings. However, things started to
unravel in the sixth for him and TCC. MJ Rookard was hit by a pitch
and advanced to sacrifice bunt. Brandon Hill hit a routine fly ball to
left field, but a botched catch allowed Rookard to score, and Hill to
reach second. Jayson Cook singled to left and got Hill to third. TCC
got Isaac Phillips to ground out, and Hartman made a phenomenal play to throw Cook trying to make it from first to third. However, before the play was complete, they allowed Hill to score, tying the game at five apiece.

The Eagles scored once more in the bottom of the sixth, thanks to a
single by Curtis to drive home Hartman.

Alex Stobert came on to pitch in the seventh for the Eagles, but
didn’t last long. He faced four batters, and gave up three hits and
three runs. He picked up his first loss of the season.

With the 9-6 loss, the Eagles have lost five straight, and 10 of their last 12.

They continue their three-game weekend series against the Pirates
Saturday Feb. 25 at 2 p.m.

TCC Baseball Loses 3rd straight game, this time to No. 2 Santa Fe Saints

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter) 

The Tallahassee Community College baseball team dropped its third straight game on Monday in a 3-1 loss to the NJCAA No. 8/Region 8 No. 2 Santa Fe Saints.

Both teams were locked in a pitching battle early on. Going into the bottom of the fifth inning, neither team had given up a run or a hit. That all changed when TCC’s Chris Hawkins delivered a single off of Santa Fe pitcher Kyle Morton. However Morton kept the shutout going until Deyvid Silva drove home a run in the sixth. That would be TCC’s only run of the game.

The Santa Fe bullpen combined for three innings, striking out three and giving up no runs.

Tallahassee pitcher Brooks Buckler came out of the gates looking like he was ready to throw another gem. Coming into the game, he has pitched eight straight innings without giving up a run. He carried a no-hitter into the sixth, but after a single, wild pitch, and a sacrifice fly, the Saints scored twice in the inning.

In the next inning, Santa Fe’s Stephen Smith reached base on an error by TCC second baseman Josh Nothdorft. Smith then stole second base and later scored on a throwing error by Chris Clark.

Santa Fe only had three hits, but reached base through six walks and two batters hit by a pitch. TCC committed three errors.

This is the third straight loss for TCC after starting the season 5-0. They will play again on Wednesday against Florida State College at Jacksonville.

 

RECAP: Eagles beat Hawks, 12-4, To Improve to 5-0

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Tallahassee Community College Eagles baseball team defeated the South Georgia State Hawks in a 12-4 blowout Wednesday afternoon. Reigning NJCAA Region 8 pitcher of the week Brooks Buckler had a short, but effective outing. In three innings, he gave up two hits and zero runs. He’s on an eight inning scoreless streak to start the season.

The Eagles first got on the board with a three-run homer by Aaron Haughton in the bottom of the first. Coming into the game, he was 4-for-8.

TCC manager Mike McCleod is impressed with his start to the season.

“I was very pleased with Haughton and how much he’s got going at the plate right now,” said McCloud. “He’s hitting the ball very hard and that home run he hit was a bullet.”

Casey Cribb would later hit a home run of his own. It was a two-run shot in the third inning to give the Eagles a 6-0 lead. He went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs. The Eagles notched two more runs in the fourth inning.

Jordan Curtis came in as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning and delivered a hard hit ball to left-center. He legged out a triple and drove in two runs. The Eagles added two more runs later in the inning.

Octavio Marin came in to pitch with two runners on and two outs in the top of the fifth. He pitched two innings and got his first win of the season.

Tallahassee Community College and South Georgia State will play again on Friday, Feb. 3 at 4 p.m. in Douglas, Ga.

TCC Eagles Win Season Opener, 7-2

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – It was a cold night in Tallahassee as the Tallahassee Community College Eagles cruised to a 7-2 victory over the Pasco-Hernando State Conquistadors. TCC starting pitcher Brooks Buckler made sure the Conquistador’s bats were cold too. Through five innings, he gave up no hits and no walks. He also struck out four.

Offensively, it was hard for the Eagles to get going early on. Lead-off hitter Bret Maxwell got on base in the first inning, but was caught stealing.

In the bottom of the second inning, Casey Cribb and Tucker Rayburn got on base with no outs. Jack Hartman hit the ball right at Pasco-Hernando pitcher Tyler Beck, who then bobbled the ball. That allowed Cribb and Rayburn to advance, but Hartman mistakenly started running towards second base after the bobble. And, was thrown out when trying to get back to first base. Myron Mebane flied out, and Jordan Curtis struck out. Suddenly, the rally was over.

The Eagles turned it around in the third. Chris Clark started the inning with a triple, and would later score on a wild pitch. The Eagles scored three more times in the inning, with runs scored by Deyvid Silva, Casey Cribb, and Tucker Rayburn.

Jack Hartman scored for the Eagles in the fifth. Then two runs by Clark and Maxwell gave the Eagles all the insurance they needed.

Although the Eagles won easily, manager Mike McLeod said the offense should’ve capitalized more on their opportunities.

“We swung at a lot of air tonight when we had guys in scoring position. We got to learn how to put the ball in play,” said McLeod, who is in his 27th year as TCC’s manager. “When we got the other team down, we gotta kick them, and we’ve gotta keep them down. We had many opportunities to really drive home the final nail and we never did. We kept them in the game.”

In the top of the sixth, Pasco-Hernando got on the board when first baseman Alex Reynolds drove home Tyree Austin on a single to shallow left. The next inning, left fielder Jose Oliva smashed a ball over the left field fence for a solo home run.

Christian Dearman finished the last 2.1 innings for the Eagles. He gave up no runs, and struck out three.
The two teams will play a doubleheader on Jan. 28. The first game starts at 1:00 p.m