Mitchell, Martin Resurrect Pirates in 6-2 Win

After a horrific conference weekend in which Central Alabama took three games from Chattahoochee Valley in convincing fashion, the Pirates found a way to get off the mat and earn a much needed conference victory, beating Wallace State-Selma by a score of 6-2.

Hunter Mitchell

Hunter Mitchell

After surrendering 42 runs in 3 games to CACC, Hunter Mitchell gave a depleted pitching staff a shot in the arm and a much needed rest in tossing 6 2/3 innings of five hit baseball.  After surrendering 2 runs in the top of the first inning, it appeared to be deja vu all over again.  However, Mitchell threw up zeroes over the next 6 innings to shut down the Patriot offense and prevent any chance of a Wallace comeback.

Jared Martin

Jared Martin

After falling behind 2-0, Luke Ewing led of the Pirate first with a single and advanced to second ahead of the Patriot third baseman’s throw from Gaige Garrett’s ground ball.  Jared Martin promptly deposited the next pitch onto Victory Drive for a mammoth homerun, while giving CVCC a 3-2 lead they would not relinquish.

Mitchell went to work from there and stymied the Patriot offense, striking out 7 hitters and making big pitches inning after inning to thwart several Selma scoring threats.

Ty Abbott

Ty Abbott

Clinging to a 1 run lead in the 6th, Ty Abbott led off the frame with a homer of his own to give the Pirates some breathing room at 4-2.  Not yet finished, the Pirates whipped up some 2 out magic, loading the bases on walks and hit by pitches.  With 2 out, Garrett ripped a low liner off of the Patriot first baseman’s chest to score Big Time Timmy Jim Massengale, while David Levy hustled in to score catching the Patriot infield napping. 

Gaige Garrett

Gaige Garrett

Up 6-2, Mitchell punched out the first 2 hitters of the top of the 7th before walking the next hitter and passing the ball over to Chris Brown.  Brownie induced a harmless popup to end the inning.

Chris Brown

Chris Brown

In the eighth, Brown hit the leadoff batter, but battled back to get a “strike ’em out, throw ’em out” double play with a little help from Martin.  Brown then punched out the final hitter to end the inning.  Brownie tossed a relatively quiet 9th inning to preserve the win for Mitchell.

The win improves CVCC to 35-8 on the season and 9-8 in conference.  The Pirates will travel to Southern Union this weekend for a big 3 game set against the first place Bison.