After a tough 5-1 road loss to Central Alabama on Wednesday, Chatt Valley took one step closer to clinching a playoff berth by rebounding at home with a 5-4 win over Southern Union.
The Pirates sent Clint “Big Cat” Spratlin to the mound, and has been the case with opponents versus The Cat, hits were tough to come by. Spratlin surrendered only 3 hits in the start, with the only run coming from a solo homer by Happy Gregg in the second. Spratlin added 4 more strikouts to his total, as well. After falling behind 1-0, CVCC answered right back on a Taylor Hinshaw RBI groundout in the bottom half of the second frame. The Pirates took the lead for good in the 4th, when Pat Olvaney lead off with a single and was eventually driven in on a big 2 out hit by Luke Ewing to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead.
Control problems and a high pitch count made for an early exit for Big Cat, as he handed the ball of to Mike O’Neal. O’Neal rebounded after a tough day on Wednesday with a superb performance of 3 1/3 innings in which he surrendered only 1 run and scattered 3 hits. The Pirate offense gave O’Neal some breathing room by pushing across another run in the 5th from another 2 out RBI hit off the bat of Kendell Brinson, scoring Marty Castro, who led the inning off with a walk.
CVCC scratched for another in the 7th, as Josh Sanders drove a single off of the 3rd base bag to score Castro and added one more insurance run in the 8th on a sacrifice fly by Jared Kahn to push the lead to 5-2. Matt Vollenweider came in relief of O’Neal to notch his lead leading 9th save of the year.
The Pirates improve their record to 27-19 and 13-10 in ACCC Central Division Play. The Pirates play host to Wallace State-Selma on Saturday, April 21st for a 1:00 eastern double header.