Once the rain clouds gave way to beautiful sunshine and warm weather, the Pirates of Chattahoochee went to work in sweeping a 4 game series from Marion Military Institute on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday by the scores of 20-0, 6-1, 8-4, and 6-1.
Game 1 was pure domination from the get go, when Jeff Ronpirin and John Holland reached to lead off the game and after 2 quick outs, the Pirates proceeded to score 8, 2 out runs in the top of the first to give Pirate ace, Dalton Rentz more than enough cushion.
The Pirate offense went bananas, scoring runs in the first 5 innings, as they posted 1 in the second, 3 in the third, 2 in the fourth, and finally 6 in the 5th.
Rentz, after tossing 3 consecutive conference complete games, gave Coach Thomas the opportunity to limit his pitches with such a large lead, as he threw 5 complete shutout innings, allowing only a single and a hit by pitch, while striking out 9 Tigers.
With runs coming aplenty, it gave Coach T the opportunity to empty the bench and then some. The big story of the day was Grayson Ivey’s 5 for 5 day with a homer and 3 RBI’s. Also contributing was Cam Sperry’s 3-4 and Jared Martin’s 4 RBI day while adding 2 hits.
Mitch Shelby closed things out in the 6th and 7th, striking out 3 to preserve the 20-0 win.
Game 2 was yet another dominant effort by the most improved player on the roster, Dylan Lee. Lee simply threw 6 2/3 more shutout innings to run his record to 6-0, scattering 6 hits and striking out 5 and walking none.
Again, the Pirates jumped on top early, as the first 5 batters of the game reached base en route to a 3-0 lead, thanks to RBI’s from Martin, Trevor Kieboom, and Sam Knight.
In a 3-0 game, CVCC put things away in the 5th and 6th, scoring a single run in each, as John Holland doubled and later scored on an error, while JDeez Perry tripled and scored on Kenny “The Dealership” Ford’s sac fly.
After Trevor Guthrie relieved Lee to record the final out of the 7th, Matt Evenson came on to close things out in the 8th and 9th to earn his first save of the year, allowing a single run on 1 hit, a walk and 2 K’s. Final score: 6-1, good guys.
Game 3 looked to be a repeat of the first two, as Chatt Valley jumped on top again in the top of the first 2-0 on RBI singles by Martin and Kieboom. Unfortunately, starter Kevin Moore battled command issues and the Tigers tied it up in the bottom of the frame on 2 singles, a walk, and a hit by pitch. However, K-Mo struck out the side to stymie the threat.
The Pirates siezed momentum in the 2nd on John Holland’s mammoth 3 run homer to give Moore a 5-2 lead.
Moore held them there over the next 2 innings, retiring the Tigers in order. Meanwhile the offense plated 2 more in the third for a 7-2 lead. Again, control problems reared its ugly head, as a single and three consecutive free passes ended the day for Moore. Payne Kosobucki came on to record the next 5 outs, striking out 2, and allowing an unearned run.
With the score 7-4, CVCC added an insurance run in the 6th on Tyler Lynn’s sac fly and turned the ball over to Chris Brown for a 2 inning save. Brown threw a clean 6th and 7th and added to three punchouts to his strikeout total to preserve the 8-4 win.
Game 4 was all Hunter Mitchell, all day long, as Huntbo struck out a career high and season high 12 batters in 7 2/3 innings, allowing only an unearned run on 4 hits and zero walks.
Once again, the Pirates struck first, this time in the second inning, as the Pirates loaded the bases with 1 out and Jeff Ronpirin smoked a 2 run single to give CVCC a 2-0 lead. The Pirates added another in the third on a Reid Michalek sac fly to push it to 3-0.
The only damage done all day by MMI, was in the fourth, when a 2 out error allowed the Tigers their only run of the game. However, Mitchell went into shut down mode, striking out 7 the rest of the way and allowing only 1 hit.
In a 3-1 game, CV answered, when Cam Sperry drove in another run with 2 outs to get that run back in the fourth and John Holland doubled and scored in the 6th to push the lead to 5-1. For good measure, “The Dealership” added an RBI single to put the final touches on the scoring at 6-1.
Trevor Guthrie tossed the final inning and a third, striking out all 4 outs he recorded to give the pitching staff a 16 punchout day.
The Pirates are now 29-7 on the 2014 season and 11-2 in conference play. CVCC will take a few days off as they have the bye this weekend and will host Thomas College on Monday for a 2:00 double header at Howard Lake Field.