Pirates lose late inning lead, game to GPC

As has been the case in recent years in the Chattahoochee Valley versus Georgia Perimeter rivalry, wild starts and crazy finishes have become norm. 

Dustin Dunagan

After the Pirates jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning on the strength of a Pat Olvaney 2 run homer, the Pirates simply could not hold on to the lead nor add to it.  Pirate starter, Dustin Dunagan, pitched 5 solid innings and gave Chatt Valley plenty enough support on the mound to give them a chance to win.  Unfortunately, a handful of defensive miscues cost Dunagan the lead and the decision.  In a 4-4 stalemate, Zach Helewski came into the 6th inning and surrendered 3 runs to the homestanding Jaguars.  The Pirates roared back in the top of the 8th after Trace McDaniel put up a 1-2-3 inning.  Four walks, 2 hit by pitches, and 2 singles later, the Pirates stormed back from a 3 run deficit to take a 9-7 lead.  The momentum was fleeting as Georgia Perimeter scratched for 2 runs in their half of the 8th inning to notch the score at 9 all.  CVCC once again, had an opportunity to take the lead with men on 2nd and 3rd with 1 out.  However, a comebacker to the pitcher and a groundout to second base thwarted the Pirate threat.  GPC made the bottom half of the inning relatively uninteresting, while after popping up to start the inning, they strung together 3 consecutive singles in the walk off 10-9 come from behind victory. 

Pat Olvaney

Dustin Dunagan was effective in his second start of the year in his 5 innings of work, allowing only 2 earned runs and 5 hits.  He walked 3 and struckout 2.  Pat Olvaney led the Pirate offense in a 2-4, 3 RBI day, with his go ahead homer in the second frame.  Josh Sanders also added 2 hits on the day.  The loss puts the Pirates at 4-5 on the season as they play host to Darton College on Friday, February 10th at 2:00 pm eastern at Howard Lake Field.