Early Inning Mistakes Pirates Undoing in Loss to Southern Union

After clinching the season series from Southern Union two weekends ago with a three game sweep in Wadley, Alabama, the Pirates played host to the Bison for the final game of their seven game series on Tuesday at Columbus State University.  With Southern Union’s magic number at one in order to claim the 2013 Central Division regular season championship, the Bison took a 6-3 contest from the Pirates that was mistake filled in the early innings.

The game began with a leadoff error and 2 unearned runs later, the Pirates found themselves in a 3-0 hole before they even had a single at bat.  After a quiet bottom half of the first, the Pirates surrendered 2 more unearned runs in the top of the 2nd to extend the deficit to 5-0.  After 2 singles and a wild pitch, SUCC hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth to push the lead to 6-0 and from all appearances sake, looked to be on course to run away with the game.

Hunter Mitchell

Hunter Mitchell

However, starter Hunter Mitchell settled in and began taking matters into his own hands and, remarkably, ended up tossing 8 innings in a quality start for CVCC, and did not allow another run and only surrendered 2 hits the rest of the way. 

Cody Walker

Cody Walker

The offense finally came to life in the fourth and made a game of it, as Nick Jones and Ty Abbott reached on a hit by pitch and walk.  After an errant pickoff moving the runners to second and third, Cody Walker smoked a line drive to right center, however it was right to the Bison defender and only accounted for a single run.

Luke Ewing

Luke Ewing

In the 5th, Luke Ewing and Jeff Ronpirin reached on back to back one out singles and Ewing eventually scored on another errant pick off move.  With the game back within reach, the Pirates added another run in the 7th, when David Levy and Ewing singled and advanced to second and third on Jeff Ronpirin’s sac bunt.  Tim Massengale then delivered a sacrifice fly to right to score Levy, however the inning ended when Ewing was thrown out at third base attempting to tag from second base.

The Pirates scoring opportunities ended there, as they never threatened again.  The loss moves Chattahoochee Valley’s record to 41-10 on the year and 15-10 in ACCC Central play.  The Pirates have clinched the # 3 seed from their division for the upcoming conference tourney and will travel to Marion Military on Thursday for the final three games of the 2013 season.