As conference play is right around the corner, the Chattahoochee Valley Pirates are on the final leg of their Georgia/Florida non-conference tour. On Saturday, CVCC hosted undefeated GJCAA foe, East Georgia College in a key border war match up. When all was completed, the Pirates earned a sweep of the Bobcats, 2-0 and 15-2.
Starter Hunter Mitchell was the story of game 1, as he single handedly handcuffed EGC for 6 innings, allowing no runs on only 4 hits, while striking out 4 and surrendering only a single walk. The Pirates needed every bit of Huntbo’s magnificent effort, as they were in a dogfight of their own to score runs against the Bobcat ace, Phil Anderson, who wasn’t too shabby himself.
In a scoreless game, the Pirates struck first blood in the third, when Tyler Lynn delivered a 2 out single to score John Holland, who had reached on an error to give Mitchell all the runs he would need.
With the score 1-0, good guys, the Bobcats finally threatened in the 5th, when the led off then inning with a single and a walk to put runners at 1st and 2nd with none out. However, the defense picked Huntbo up, as he himself picked off the runner at 2nd for the first out and after a single by the next EGC hitter, catcher Jared Martin picked another runner of off second stymie the Bobcat threat.
The Pirates added an insurance run in the 5th as Johnny Lingo led off with a single, stole second base and scored on Holland’s 2 out single to give closer Chris Brown a 2-0 lead with which to work.
Brownie was Brownie, as he pitched an uneventful 7th, picking up his league leading 3rd save, while punching out 2 more batters to preserve the 2-0 win.
Game 2 was a completely different animal altogether. Kevin Moore earned the start for CV and surrendered 2 runs in the first and after the Pirates went 1-2-3 in their half, the offense absolutely exploded in the next 2 innings, scoring 7 runs in both the 2nd and 3rd.
In the second, Chatt Valley loaded the bases with one out with singles by Trevor Kieboom and Jared Martin and a walk to Grayson Ivey. Then the floodgates opened with 5 consecutive run scoring hits by Jake Maziar, JD Perry, Jeff Ronpirin, John Holland, and Tyler Lynn to open things up with a 7-2 lead for Moore.
Moore battled command but settled in and shut the Bobcats out the rest of his day, allowing only the 2 runs on 4 hits with 4 K’s.
Meanwhile, the Pirate offense went back to work in the third, putting up another 7 spot, loading the bases once more, this time with none out. Again, they had 5 run scoring hits in the inning when Perry started it with a basehit bunt, followed by Ronpirin, Holland, Lynn and pinch hitter, Reid Michalek’s, double off of the right field wall.
Up 14-2, Moore grabbed control of the game, while the offense added one more run in the fourth on Holland’s 4th hit of the day and 5th RBI to push the final margin to 15-2.
Jon Kizzar threw a perfect 5th to finish things up in mercy rule fashion. This puts the Pirates at 13-1 on the season. They will travel to Swainsboro, Georgia on Monday to take on the Bobcats again for a 2:00 single game.