If the 2013 edition of the Chattahoochee Valley Pirates are anything, they sure are entertaining to watch. Of their 9 games this season, 5 of them have been 1 run games, while 3 have been of the walk off variety. Friday was no different, as the Pirates fell behind, jumped ahead, fell behind again, tied the game, fell behind yet again, tied it up, and then finally beat the visiting Andrew College Tigers 8-7 in 11 innings.
Pirate ace Ben Taylor got the start for the Pirates and was just not his usual self, as he only lasted 4 innings, allowing 5 runs (4 earned) on 6 hits, while striking out 4.
After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first, the Pirates exploded for 4 runs in their half of the inning on back to back doubles by Nick Jones and Ty Abbott and an RBI single by Timmy Massengale.
The lead stuck until the 5th, when Andrew chased Taylor from the game with a 4 spot of their own. Reliever Payne Kosobucki kept the Tigers at bay for the next few innings while catcher Cody Walker launched a solo homer to knot the game at 5 apiece.
Unfortunately, Kosobucki fell victim to some bad defense and allowed 2 unearned runs to put the Pirates on the wrong end of a 7-5 game. After Will Thomas came on to stiffle the Tiger offense, Gaige Garrett reached on an error in the bottom of the ninth. Jared Martin’s clutch double pulled the Pirates within 1 run. After a Nick Jones fielder’s choice in which everyone was safe, Ty Abbott walked to set up BTTJ Massengale’s game tying sacrifice fly.
In a 7-7 game, the two teams swapped zeroes, as Nate Morris tossed 1 2/3 innings of perfect baseball to send the game into the bottom of the 11th inning.
Martin came up huge again, leading off the frame with another double. After an intentional walk to Jones and a groundout by Abbott to put runners at 2nd and 3rd, Massengale was also intentionally walked to put the game in Cody Walker’s hands. Walker smashed the first pitch he saw to the third baseman, who then threw the ball away allowing Martin to score the game winning run, giving the Pirates, yet another comeback win.
The Pirates are now 9-0 on the season and will play host to ABAC on Saturday for a 1:00 double header.