After a big weekend at Southern Union, the Pirates attempted to keep the ball rolling against a Central Alabama team that has had its number the past two seasons. Unfortunately, the trend continued on Tuesday, as CACC finished off the season series with a 5-3 come from behind win.
Chatt Valley sent Hunter Mitchell to the mound to silence the Trojan bats, and he pitched effectively in keeping CACC at bay. CACC got on the board in their half of the first, scoring on back to back throwing errors. However, Mitchell did an outstanding job in executing damage control and held the deficit to 1-0.
While Mitchell held the fort down for the next three innings, the Pirate offense was unable to capitalize on scoring opportunities, as they had runners in scoring position in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings.
Central AL added another run in their half of the 4th on back to back hits to push their lead to 2-0. However, the Pirate offense awoke and plated 3 runs of their own in the top of the 5th to take a 3-2 lead.
Dominique Smedley led off with a perfect base hit bunt. Gaige Garrett moved him to second on a sac bunt, and after a Luke Ewing walk, Big Time Timmy Jim Massengale smoked a bases clearing double in the right centerfield gap to knot the game at 2. With 2 out and Massengale at second base, Nick Jones hammered a ball into the right field corner to score Big Time and give the Pirates a 3-2 lead.
Mitchell pitched beautifully around a one out double with the heart of the order up for the Trojans in the 5th to keep the lead intact. Unfortunately, the Pirates ran into a bit of bad luck in the 6th, when, after a leadoff single, the Trojan baserunner advanced to second on a passed ball while the hitter laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt that fell to rest on the chalk of the third base line. A sac bunt later put runners at second and third with one out. CACC got back to back hits by the 8 and 9 hitter through a drawn in infield. An RBI bunt later, saw Central back in front by a score of 5-3.
Chris Brown relieved Mitchell and pitched 2 2/3 perfect innings, striking out 3 with 91 mph fastballs and a devastating change up. Meanwhile, the Pirates were unable to cash in on a golden opportunity in the 8th when, with runners on the corners, Dominique Smedley hammered a ground ball up the middle that looked certain to get through for a run scoring single, was snagged by the CACC second baseman and began a rally killing, inning ending 4-6-3 double play.The Pirates would go quietly in the 9th, dropping the final game of the series, 5-3.
The Pirates who owned a 17-11 record against the Trojans from the 2011 season back to when the two teams became conference mates in 2005, have managed only 3 wins in 16 tries over the 2012-13 seasons.
The Pirates sit at 38-9 on the season and are 12-9 in ACCC Central Division play. CVCC goes back to work on Friday as they host Wallace State-Selma for 3 game set. This weekend’s series will be the final weekend home games at Golden Park of the 2013 year. Saturday will be CVCC’s Annual Sophomore Day, recognizing the efforts of the 2013 sophomore class.