The Chattahoochee Valley baseball team put together its two most complete games of the season, as offense, defense, and pitching contributed in a 3-0, 15-3 road sweep of West Georgia Technical College.
Dustin Dunagan got the nod in game 1, as he collected his first win of the season after gathering 3 no decisions in his first 3 starts. Dunagan tossed 4 2/3 innings while scattering 6 hits, striking out 3 and walking 1. The CV offense struck early, as JD Perry and Tim Massengale led of the game with back to back singles. A Martin Castro sacrifice bunt led to a Kendell Brinson sacrifice fly for a 1-0 Pirate lead.
The game remained that way until the top of the 7th when Cody Walker and Dominique Smedley got 2 huge 2 out singles to push the score to 3-0. Matt Vollenweider came to close out the game in the 7th as he gathered his 3rd save of the year. Both Walker and third baseman, Josh Sanders, had 2 hit games. Additionally, the Pirate defense was perfect on the day as they made play after play behind the staff to keep the shutout in tact.
Game 2 saw more solid pitching, flawless and defense and an offensive explosion to pace the 15-3 shelling of the Golden Knights. CVCC once again, struck early, by plating 3 runs in the top of the first on a sac fly by Nick Jones and a 2 run double by Pat Olvaney. The scoring for Chatt Valley came often as they put up 2 runs in the second, 3 in the third, 2 more in the fourth, and finally, 5 runs in the sixth to end the game via the 10 run mercy rule. Freshman lefty, Will Thomas, earned his first career start, and tossed 3 innings of shut out baseball, surrendering only 1 hit and striking out 4.
Offensively, Martin Castro continued his hot hitting with a 3-3 day with a double and 2 RBIs. Catcher, Neal Chambless contributed to the offensive output, as he gathered 2 hits and drove in 2 runs of his own. Freshman centerfielder, Luke Ewing, had a career day, as he was 3-3 with a double, and 3 RBIs. The Pirates tallied 14 hits in the nightcap to West Georgia’s 3.
This was the final warm up game of the non-conference slate for CVCC, as they move into conference play on Thursday, March 1st, as they travel to Alex City, Alabama to take on Central Alabama in a 3:00 eastern start. Stay tuned, though, as thunderstorms are predicted over the next 3-4 days and this could potentially affect re-secheduling. The Pirates are now 13-9 on the year.