The Chattahoochee Valley baseball team took on another stiff task in heading into 4-year terrritory, as the Pirates faced Reinhardt University in a double header on Thursday. Chatt Valley dismantled the Eagles in game 1, by a score of 7-3, and dropped a heart breaking pitching duel, 1-0 on an 8th inning suicide squeeze by RU. Nonetheless, it was a very successful day for the Pirates, and the pitching staff, in particular, as they surrendered only 6 hits in 18 innings of work, while punching out 14 Reinhardt hitters.
Game 1 got started with a bang, as Jeff Ronpiring reached base to lead off the game on an error by the Eagle third baseman, John Holland smoked a single to right, and after a hit by pitch to Trevor Kieboom, Cam Sperry continued his hot hitting by smashing a 2 run double to put the Pirates up 2-0.
CV went right back at them in the second, as Ben Williams led off with a single followed by a James Cunningham sac bunt. Kendall Ford then smoked a ball in the left center gap for a run scoring double and a Pirate 3-0 lead.
Continuing with the pressure in the third, the Pirates added 3 more runs on another RBI hit by Sperry and a 2 run single by Ben Williams to give the pitching staff a very comfortable 6-0 lead.
Meanwhile, starter Colt Ramsey was nothing short of dominant in his 3 innings of work, allowing no hits, and striking out three. Chris Brown followed him, and although he wasn’t his typical self, was overpowering, as well, allowing 1 run on a sacrifice fly.
Kevin Moore, equally impressive while battling back spasms, tossed 2 beautiful innings of his own, with only a single pitch as a blemish on an otherwise great outing, as the Eagle # 5 hitter launched a 2 run homer on a mistake pitch in a full count.
The lead now cut to 6-3, the Pirates continued smashing balls all over the yard, unfortunately, they were “at em” balls and didn’t find any holes. However, James Cunningham led off the 9th with a great at bat and singled to start the inning. Ford bunted him up and John Holland drove in Cunny for an insurance run for a 7-3 Pirate lead.
Dalton “Big Donkey” Rentz tossed a perfect 8th and 9th for the save and preserve the win for the Pirates.
Game 2 was a whole lot of pitching and not much offense on either side. Starter Hunter Mitchell was overpowering in his 2 innings of work allowing a single and striking out 2. Mitch Shelby continued his dominance tossing 2 scoreless innings of his own. Dylan Lee kept the standard high, blowing fastballs by the Eagle hitters in his 2 innings to keep the game scoreless through 6 innings.
Offensively, the Pirates just couldn’t get anything going, although they had baserunners in 6 of the 9 innings. Unfortunately, in run scoring opportunities, they just could not get the big hit.
On the bright note, freshman Drew Dunagan had big day at the plate, collecting 2 hits and a walk for the Pirates.
Payne Kosobucki came on in the 7th and after a lead off walk, picked the runner off and collected the final 2 outs with ease. Unfortunately, he walked the first 2 batters of the 8th, and following a huge strikeout, the Eagles laid down a perfectly executed suicide squeeze to give Reinhardt a 1-0 lead going into the 9th.
Although the Pirates threatened, they were not able to push across the tying run.
The Pirates will take the weekend off and go back to intra-squad next Tuesday and then will head to Alabama State University on Thursday for the annual ABCA Fall Classic.