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JACKSONVILLE BASEBALL | Red Devils go 3-1 in Gulf Coast Classic

Jacksonville won their final three games of the Gulf Coast Classic tournament, but just missed making bracket play and had to settle for a 3-1 record over spring break.

The Red Devils won their last two games 4-1 over McGill-Toolen, then beat the host Gulf Shores team 13-2.

Jacksonville showed some pitching depth in the tournament. James Tucker got the start and went the distance against McGill-Toolen. Tucker worked his way out of several jams to earn the win. Tucker also helped himself out at the plate, picking up what became the game-winning RBI in the first inning when he hit a two-run double that scored Brandon Hickingbotham and Greg Jones.

The Red Devils scored their third run in the second inning when Derek St. Clair walked, stole second, and then scored after groundouts by Blake Perry and Deaundray Harris.

Jacksonville’s added an insurance run in the sixth inning when Tucker drew a walk, then watched courtesy runner Caleb Smith steal second and score on a St. Clair double.

Against Gulf Shores, seniors Perry and Caleb Reeves combined for the easy win. Reeves also added three hits in the game, teaming up with Courtland McDonald, who also had a trio of hits. Hickingbotham continued to swing the bat well with a pair of singles.

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