The Chattahoochee Valley pitching staff gave the offense a shot in the arm this weekend in keying a 3 game sweep of the Wallace State Patriots of Selma, Alabama. In less than desirable weather and gale force winds, Dalton Rentz, Ben Taylor, Kevin Moore and Nick Jones combined for 23 total innings pitched and allowed only 2 runs (zero earned) in the series, as the Pirates won 8-1, 12-0, and 2-1 to get themselves back in the thick of the conference race.
With a shakeup in the conference rotation, Coach Thomas sent freshman Dalton Rentz to the mound in game 1 and he delivered a gem, scattering 5 hits in a complete game effort, surrendering a single unearned run.
The Pirates jumped on the Patriots right away with a three spot in the top of the first inning on Timmy Massengale’s 2 RBI double and Cody Walker’s 2 out RBI single.
After Selma scored their only run of the game in the third inning, the Pirates got things going again in the sixth when James Cunningham reached on a walk and David Levy followed him with a base hit to right field. Jeff Ronpirin began his scorching hot weekend with a huge 2 run double to give the Pirates a more comfortable 5-1 lead.
Adding to the lead in the 7th, Nick Jones led off with a single and eventually made his way around to score on a passed ball to give Rentz a 6-1 lead. Jonesy added a clutch 2 run single in the 8th to essentially put the game away, while Big Donkey finished what he started in a complete game 8-1 win.
Game 2 was an early and often scoring barrage by the Pirates to give starter, Ben Taylor, a comfortable lead with which to work. Nick Jones continued his hot season with an RBI single in the first inning. Ty Abbott followed suit and gave the Pirates an early 2-0 lead.
CVCC added 2 more in the third and fourth with a run scoring basehit by Jared Martin and Abbott’s sacrifice fly. After Ronpirin collected his 4th hit of the series and stole 2 bases, Massengale double him home and later scored on Ty Abbott’s bases loaded hit by pitch to push the margin of lead to 6-0.
Centerfielder James Cunningham got things going in the 6th and 7th as he drove in 3 runs with a double and sacrifice fly, while Jared Martin added another RBI single and Cody Walker added to his hit by pitch total with the bases loaded to finish off the scoring at 12 runs for the good guys.
Ben Taylor added the second complete game of the series tossing 7 shutout innings in the mercy rule shortened game, allowing only 2 hits on the day, striking out 6 and walking 2 Patriots.
After 2 relatively comfortable wins, Game 3 was a nail biter that featured more great pitching by the Pirate staff. Kevin Moore gave Chatt Valley another solid start, tossing 4 1/3 innings allowing a single unearned run in the first inning, but went into shutdown mode from that point on.
The Pirate offense scored their only 2 runs in the second inning on an errant pick off throw and an RBI groundout by Sam Knight to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead.
In the 5th, after recording the first out of the inning, Kevin Moore allowed a one out double. Nick Jones came on to face the left handed heart of the order and struck out the side to finish the inning.
In a bit of trouble in the sixth, Jones pitched out with a huge pair of strikeouts to thwart the Patriot threat and keep the tally at 2-1.
Not willing to go quietly, Wallace State got a lead off hit and sac bunt to put the tying run at second base with 1 out. A ground out to first base put the tying run only 90 feet away. With 2 strikes on the Wallace pinch hitter, the baserunner attempted to steal home to no avail to end the threat and the game and give the Pirates a 2-1 win and series sweep.
The top ranked Pirates are now 25-4 on the season and 5-4 in conference. Chatt Valley will go back to non-conference action tomorrow, as they travel to Montgomery, Alabama to take on Faulkner University in a 4:00 eastern double header.