Outstanding pitching and some late clutch hitting propelled the Pirates of Chatt Valley to a 3-0 start, as they rallied from a 4-1 deficit to claim a 13 inning walk off win against the Warhawks from Jeff Davis.
Matty Evenson earned his first start of the young season and he was brilliant in his 6 innings of work. Although he surrendered four runs, they were all jam job bloop singles. On the day, Evenson struck out 6, allowed 7 hits, and zero walks.
Jeff Davis jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on the afore mentioned Texas Leaguers, but with Evenson buckling down and keeping the Pirates within striking distance, CVCC finally got on the board in the third, when Sam Knight singled to start the inning. After Drew Dunagan’s sac bunt, Jake Maziar laced a 2 out RBI single to score Knight.
The Pirate offense hammered “at ’em balls” all day, but had nothing to show for it on the scoreboard. After another Texas Leaguer by JD, the Warhawks took a 4-1 lead in the 6th.
However, the Pirate bullpen was magnificent in relief of Evenson, as Trevor Guthrie made his college debut and tossed 3 1/3 innings of shutout baseball, allowing only 2 hits, 4 K’s and 2 walks to give the Pirates a chance late.
In the eighth, still down 4-1, Jeff Ronpirin and Cam Sperry delivered back to back one out singles. Pinch hitter, Drew “Johnny” Lingo came up a smashed a double off the left centerfield wall to plate Ronprin and advance Sperry to third with one out. Dunagan’s RBI groundout pulled the Pirates with a score, at 4-3.
After absolute domination and shutdown inning in the 9th by Guthrie, John Holland got things started in the Pirate half with a single and advanced to second on Maziar’s sac bunt. After a Kieboom walk, pinch runner James Cunningham was picked off and an inning that looked so promising, turned into a needed 2 out miracle. And a miracle they received, as Jared Martin tatooed a fastball for a double to tie the game at 4 apiece. Ronpirin absolutely smoked a line drive on the next pitch, but unfortunately it was right at the Warhawk centerfielder to end the inning.
After Guthrie punched out the first batter of the 10th, closer Chris Brown came in relief and tossed the next 1 2/3 innings of shutout baseball, striking out 3 in the process to keep the game tied.
On the offensive end of things, the Pirates had opportunities in the 10th, 11th, and 12th to win it, but came away empty. Meanwhile, freshman Willie T. Tillery, threw a pefect twelfth before a missed location fastball was laced to score the temporarily give JD a 5-4 lead.
However, there was still some magic left in the Pirate bats, as Maziar hammered a double to lead off the inning. After Cunningham’s ground ball, Maziar advanced to third and then Jared Martin was intentionally walked to put runners at the corners with 1 out. Ronpirin calmly stroked a sac fly to centerfield to score Maziar to tie the game to set up the walk off drama. With Martin at first base, Cam Sperry laced a double in the left center gap scoring J-Rod from first to complete the come from behind victory, 6-5.
The 12th ranked and 3-0 Pirates are off from mid-week play and will travel to Panama City, Florida on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the Gulf Coast Invitational.