After a lackluster performance on Tuesday, the Pirates returned to Alabama State on Thursday to make ammends. And they did just that, dismantling Snead State 6-1 and Calhoun 7-1, on a day in which the pitching staff allowed only 8 hits in 14 innings.
In game 1 versus Snead, the Pirates jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning thanks to a John Holland walk, Jeff Ronpirin single, and a Trevor Kieboom RBI single. The Pirates put 3 more on the board in the third, when Drew Lingo drove a single to left center, and JD Perry reached on an error. Ken Ford then grounded into a fielders choice to score Lingo, who later scored on John Holland’s triple. Ronpirin finished the scoring that inning with a sac fly to push the Pirate lead to 4-0.
Meanwhile, starter Hunter Mitchell got all of the run support he needed early and tossed 3 innings of 2 hit baseball to keep the Parsons off the scoreboard. Colt Ramsey continued his dominant efforts in tossing 2 innings of shutout baseball in the 4th and 5th with 2 K’s and allowing only a single.
Dylan Lee followed him with another stellar outing and if not for poor defense would have kept the shutout intact, but unfortuntately allowed an unearned run in the 7th.
The offense went back to work in the 9th with a leadoff single by Ford who promptly stole second and was driven in by Holland on and RBI single. Holland later scored on Trevor Kieboom’s RBI ground to round out the scoring for the Pirates and give them a 6-1 lead to hand over to flame throwing Matty Evenson.
Evenson was once again magnificent, throwing BB’s by the Snead hitters en route to 2 K’s in 2 shutout innings.
Game 2 saw Dalton Rentz completely overpower the Warhawk hitters from Calhoun for his four innings of work, allowing only 2 singles while punching out 5.
Again, the offense got busy early, when Kieboom singled to start the second inning and scored on Grayson Ivey’s massive double to right center field to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead. In the third, the Pirates loaded the bases with none out, and after a bases loaded walk to Tripp Adams to plate Edwin Arias, John Holland smoked a bases clearing triple to extend the Chatt Valley lead to 5-0 good guys.
The Pirate offense added to its lead in the 5th, scoring 2 more to essentially put the game away at 7-0.
The bullpen, once again, went into shutdown mode, as Chris Brown tossed the 5th and 6th, pitching well, but allowed the only run the Warhawks would score in the 6th.
Will Tillery relieved Brown and tossed a beautiful 1-2-3 inning in which he punched out 2 in the 7th. Dan Lynn had an unconventional 1-2-3 inning in the 8th, after he walked the first batter, catcher, Frank Wager hosed the Warhawk baserunner attempting to steal for the first out, and Lynn induced 2 popups to end the inning. Freshman flame thrower, Tyler Welch came on in the 9th and made short work to finish off a 7-1 victory for the Pirates.
CVCC will take a break this week from outside competition and will hold 3 intra-squads. The Pirates next scheduled game will be Friday, October 11th at Birmingham Southern College against Lawson State Community College with a 2:00 eastern game time.