After a month of scratching and clawing for runs and playing a multitude of low scoring baseball games, the Pirate offense took its turn in bailing the pitching and defense out and took matters into their own hands.
After falling behind 3-0 through 3 innings to Marion Military Institute, the Pirates exploded for 6 runs in the 4th inning, 3 in the 5th, and then 6 more in the 8th frame to turn a close game into a mercy rule ending, in a 15-4 thrashing of the homestanding Tigers.
Starter Mike O’Neal surrendered 2 unearned runs in the 1st and then another in the 3rd, before the Pirate pitcher, along with his defense got their acts together. The fourth inning began with a 1 out walk to Pat Olvaney, followed by a single by JD Perry, a hit by pitch and a bases loaded walk later to Jared Kahn, finally put the Pirates on the board. Down 3-1 with 1 out and the bases full, Marty Castro’s grounder to second jumped over the infielders head, plating 2 runs to tie the score at 3. David Levy continued his clutch hitting by putting the Pirates ahead on an RBI single. CVCC added 2 more to complete the 6 run fourth.
JD Perry and Cody Walker got the offense going again in the 5th with back to back singles to start the inning. Castro and Levy both had 2 out hits to give the Pirates another run. The big blast came from Cody Dykes as he unloaded a 2 RBI triple to put the Pirates up 9-4.
Zach Helewski came in relief of O’Neal in the 6th inning and posted 3 shutout innings, surrendering 2 innings, while striking out 4. The offense went right back to work in the eight inning, posting 6 more runs on the strength of a Nick Jones triple and a bases clearing 3 run double by David Levy, who had a career high 5 RBI’s on the day.
Chatt Valley improves to 16-11 on the year and finishes 3-2 in the first round of conference play. The Pirates are off this weekend and go back to work in non-conference action on Monday, March 12th at Faulkner University for a 4:00 pm eastern start.