With April upon us, the CVCC Baseball hopes to poised to make its late season post-season run. After key wins versus Southern Union and Wallace-Selma during the weekday games, the Pirates hit the road to Marion Military Institute and split a double header on Sunday, 5-6 and 7-6.
Game 1 looked like the previous 2 games versus MMI, as the Pirates fell behind 4-0 early in the game. However, after a 5 run fourth by CVCC, things appeared to be panning out the Pirates way. Unfortunately, the 4th inning would be the only inning in which the Pirates scored, and after allowing the Tigers to hang around, a leadoff single followed by a walk in the MMI half of the eighth frame, led to the eventual game winning hit to finish off the Pirates. CVCC would not go quietly, though, as Luke Ewing led off the ninth with a hustle double. The Pirate offense was unable to advance him to third, and after a Kendell Brinson walk, the game ended on a harmless ground out to third base. Starter Mike O’Neal was tagged with the loss, and after a rough second inning settled in to toss 4 perfect frames before the Tigers struck in the 8th inning. Josh Sanders had a big 2 run double in the 4th to put the Pirates ahead. Both Ewing and Jared Kahn added 2 hits apiece for CVCC.
The second game was almost a mirror image of the first, except the roles were reversed. CVCC struck early with 4 runs in the top of the first inning, highlighted by Pat Olvaney’s mammoth homerun blast to right field. After adding another run in the second on Martin Castro’s RBI single and a 5-0 lead, it appeared that the route was on. However, the Tigers fought right back and plated 2 runs in the third and 4 in the fourth off of starter Castro, to put the Pirates on the wrong end of a 6-5 score. However, the CV offense came right back in the 5th and retook the lead, 7-6, on a David Levy double and Olvaney sacrifice fly which proved to be the game deciding runs. The bottom of the 7th was not without drama, though, as the Tiger leadoff hitter reached on a walk and was then sacrificed to second, followed by another walk. Two on with 1 out, Clint Spratlin came on and promptly snuffed out any potential fire by punching out the next hitter and inducing a harmless popup to second base to end both the MMI threat and the game.
The Pirates now sit at 22-17 on the year and 8-8 in ACCC Central Division play and are scheduled to play host to Central Alabama on Thursday, April 4th for a 2:00 start.