Wednesday afternoon at approximately 1:00 pm eastern daylight savings time, the National Junior College Athletic Association released their latest baseball poll and the Chattahoochee Valley Pirate baseball team made school history, as they were named the number one team in the country. The Pirates then defended that # 1 ranking, as they dismantled the freshman and sophomore team of LaGrange College in a double header, by the scores of 13-0 and 13-3.
Game 1 saw freshman flame thrower, Matt Evenson earn his first start and first victory of the year. Evenson was nothing short of senasational, as his fastball sat at 90-92 mph on the day, as he threw 4 complete, scoreless innings in the ten-run rule shortened game. Matt allowed only 2 hits and struck out 7 Panthers.
Offensively, the Pirates scored early and often, as they pushed across 4 runs in each of the first 3 innings. Dominique Smedley got things going in the first with a single, and after a walk to Gaige Garrett, Jared Martin scorched the first of three doubles to put CVCC up 1-0. Nick Jones then hit an absolute bomb off of the right field clubhouse at Golden Park to give Evenson a 4-0 cushion.
Right back at them in the second, Luke Ewing and David Levy got things started with back to back hits, while a walk to Smedley loaded the bases. After an RBI ground out by Garrett, Martin smoked another double to clear the bases, giving CVCC a 7-0 lead. Timmy Massengale finished things off in the 2nd with an RBI single to push the lead to 8-0.
Not yet finished, the Pirates added 4 more in the 3rd, led by Martin’s 3rd RBI double of the game and Cody Walker’s 2 run single. Up 12-0, Chris Layed finished the Panthers off with an absolute bomb to the opposite field to finish the scoring at 13 for the good guys.
Payne Kosobuck tossed a 1-2-3 5th inning, striking out 2 to end the game in 5 innings.
Game 2 saw the Pirates fall behind early, 1-0, as Casey Hanna surrendered an unearned run in the top of the first, but kept the damage to a minimum as he picked off a LaGrange baserunner to end the inning.
The Pirate offense woke up in the 2nd, sending 10 hitters to the plate and scoring 6 runs, paced by 3 RBI doubles by Sam Knight, Martin, and Nick Jones.
Reliever Dylan Lee came on in the 3rd to get some work in, and after a shaky 3rd, settled in to dominate in the 4th in 1-2-3 fashion. After plating 1 run in the 3rd and the Pirates up 7-3, the Chatt Valley hitters began to put the game away in the 4th when Nick Jones launched his second homer of the day that landed somewhere near Fort Benning, while Sam Knight collected his second RBI basehit of the afternoon to give the good guys a 9-3 lead.
Mitch Shelby entered in the 5th and collected his first collegiate victory, in a 2 strikeout performance, while the Pirates ended the game in their half of the 5th when Ty Abbott nearly cleared the skateboard park in right center field with a massive homer of his own to walk off on the Panthers of LaGrange College, in a 13-3 victory.
The pair of wins puts the top ranked Pirates at 19-2 on the season and go back to conference play on Friday, hosting rival Southern Union for a 1:00 pm eastern double header. The Pirates will take Saturday off and finish off the series on Sunday with a 2:00 pm eastern single game.