Offensive Explosion Lead Pirates in Divisional Win

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. 

Martin Castro

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. 

David Levy

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.

Cody Dykes

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

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.

Nick Jones

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.