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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.