After a major let down two weeks ago in a loss to Faulkner University’s JV club, the Pirates headed to Montgomery, Alabama to avenge their first JV loss in over a decade. After a slow start, and what looked like deja vu all over again, Chatt Valley secured a 4-0 and 11-1 sweep over the Eagles of Faulkner U.
The Pirates sent freshman Trevor Guthrie to the mound for his first start of his career. Guthrie, who has been one of the Pirates top relievers in 2014, was solid, if not impressive, in his 4 inning stint, striking out 7 and allowing only 2 hits, while shutting out FU and earning his first career win in a Pirate uniform.
While Guthrie was dealing, the offense was reeling, as they struggled to push anything across while having multiple run scoring opportunities in the first four frames. The Pirates finally got on the board in the 5th when Trevor Kieboom led off with a walk and Cam Sperry followed him with a single. After a Grayson Ivey sacrifice bunt, two batters later, Kenny Ford came up big with a 2 out RBI single to give CVCC a 1-0 lead.
That provided a wake up call, as Chatt Valley added 3 more in the 6th, keyed by Ivey’s huge 2 run double.
Meanwhile, a combination of Will Tillery and Kevin Moore kept the Eagles off the board to get the ball to closer, Chris Brown, who tossed a clean 7th in finishing off a 4-0 win.
Game 2 saw another freshman get his first career start, in Tyler Welch. Displaying a dominant fastball, Welch tossed 4 innings, surrendering only a single run on 2 hits, 2 Ks, and 4 walks.
The offense scored early and often in the nightcap, as the Pirates put up 3 in the 3rd on Cam Sperry’s 2 run double and Reid Michalek’s RBI groundout.
With the score 3-1, CV added 2 more in the 4th, 2 in the 5th, and 1 in the 6th as Sperry, James Cunningham, John Holland, and Jared Martin all drove in runs. Holland had a big day, smacking 2 triples, a double, and a single, and came about 6 feet away from hitting for the cycle.
Payne Kosobucki made his first appearance since a concussion two weeks earlier and sat the Eagles down in order in the 5th adding a strikeout to his stats.
The offense put the final touches on an 11-1 route in the 7th with three more runs, as Ivey finished off a great day with another 2 run double.
Matt Evenson finished things off by blowing Faulkner away for the final 6 outs, recording 2 K’s and allowing zero hits and zero runs.
The 7th ranked Pirates are now 25-7 on the season and will go back into conference play this weekend as they travel to Marion Military Institute for a three game set beginning Friday.
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