After Saturday’s double header home sweep of the Abraham Baldwin Stallions, the Pirates faced a stiff road test at ABAC as they took to the road on Sunday for only their second true away game this season. The Stallions came out fighting, but some timely hitting by the Pirates and a strong bullpen helped CVCC hang on for an 8-6 victory.
Dylan Lee earned his first start and win of the year while tossing five solid innings of 3 hit baseball. In the process, he struck out 4 and walked 2 and allowed 3 unearned runs on bad infield defense. Nonetheless, Lee was solid and left the game with a 6-3 lead.
The Pirates fell behind 1-0 on a 2 out error that would have ended the first inning, however, the offense immediately answered by scoring 3 runs in the top of the 2nd, led by JD Perry’s 2 run single.
Clinging to a 3-1 lead in the 5th, Jared Martin launched a mammoth 3 run home run over the left field wall to put a little distance between the Pirates and Stallions for a 6-1 lead.
Unfortunately, another 2 out error lead to 2 unearned runs for ABAC, as they closed the gap to 6-3. The Pirates answered right back on Jeff Ronpirin’s RBI groundout to once again expand the lead to 7-3.
Trevor Guthrie came in relief and tossed 2 perfect innings of relief, but ran into a bit of trouble in the 8th. With the score 7-3, Guthrie allowed a single and a 2 out walk and Coach Thomas called on closer Chris Brown to shut things down. After a HBP to load the bases, Brownie allowed a 2 run single to allow the Stallions to climb back within 2 at 7-5.
Trevor Kieboom came up big in the 9th, as he delivered a much needed insurance run to give Brownie a little breathing room with an 8-5 lead.
Again, bad defense, this time on an errant pickoff throw, and some seeing eye singles had ABAC threatening, but Brownie quickly put an end to that by striking out the final 2 hitters of the game to preserve an 8-6 Pirate win.
The win puts CVCC at 9-1 on the year and they will travel to Marietta to take on Georgia Highlands College on Tuesday.