The Pirates rolled through the month of September with the team full of confidence and momentum, as they pitched, defended and timely hit their way through the month’s various fall tourneys. However, the Pirates were quickly humbled as they made a Tuesday trip to Tifton, Georgia for a midweek double header against the Stallions of Abraham Baldwin (ABAC).
CVCC at ABAC, October 9
For whatever reason, the Pirates have had some kind of issue beating the Stallions on the road, and this series would be no different. After James Cunningham smashed the first pitch of the game up the middle for a basehit, that would be, for all practical purposes, all of the offense, the Pirates would muster for the first 6 innings of Game 1.
Dylan Lee took the start for CVCC and quickly got the first two outs of the game. Unfortunately, a two out walk followed by a double and single, put the Pirates in a 1-0 hole to start the game. The second inning proved to be very unkind to the Pirates, as Lee allowed 5 more runs on 6 consecutive ABAC singles to virtually put the game away at 6-0.
Offensively, the Pirates never really got anything going, with the only 2 hits over the next 5 frames were a pair of singles by Nick Jones and Jerric Johnson.
Jesse Foster relieved Lee and pitched 2 solid innings, allowing only a single run on 3 singles, while Joey Stringfellow threw a scoreless a 5th, as the bullpen pretty much held the Stallions at bay to give the offense a chance, in a 7-0 deficit. However, ABAC scratched for 2 more runs off of Jonathan Kizzar in their half of the 6th inning to go up 9-0.
The Pirates did not go quietly, as Luke Ewing and Jeff Ronpirin led off the 7th with back to back singles and later scored on RBI groundouts by Ty Abbott and Ben Williams. However, it was too little, too late as the Pirates fell 9-2 in game 1.
Game 2 was slightly better on the pitching end, but not so much offensively. Payne Kosobucki tossed two shut out innings to start the game for the Pirates. Reliever Colt Ramsey made his outside competition debut against the Stallions after battling mononucleosis for several weeks and was solid in his 2 innings, surrendering a single run in the third on 3 hits, before settling in and tossing a perfect 4th inning.
Down 1-0, the Pirates responded in the top of the 4th inning by scratching for a run on Luke Ewing’s RBI single. CVCC went right back to work in the 5th plating another run to give CVCC a temporary 2-1 lead.
It was short lived, though, as reliever, Will Thomas surrendered 2 runs in the Stallion half of the 5th, via a leadoff walk and two errors, one mental and one physical, on consecutive sacrifice bunt attempts, as ABAC scored 2 unearned runs to retake a 3-2 lead. Thomas quickly stymied the Stallion threat, though, as he punched out the final to hitters to retire the inning.
The Pirates never really threatened again, offensively, while ABAC put the game away in the 6th inning, as they pushed across 2 more runs off of Trevor Guthrie, thanks to a lead off walk followed by an error, en route to a 5-2 ABAC win.