Two weeks removed from climbing to the NJCAA’s number 2 ranking, the Pirates, after winning 2 out of 3 from Central Alabama on the road, made the jump to # 1 yesterday in the latest NJCAA poll. This is the second time in as many years that CVCC has vaulted to the # 1 spot. Hours later, the Pirates went to work and claimed a 14-2 win over the Patriots from Wallace-Selma.
Sophomore flame thrower, Matty Evenson got the start for the Pirates and was absolutely dominant from his first pitch to the last. After giving up a basehit bunt to the leadoff hitter on the second pitch of the game, Evenson retired the next 14 Patriots in order and 18 out of 19, en route to an 8 strikeout, 4 hit, 0 walk complete game. The only blemish were 2 runs in the 7th, one of which was unearned.
While Evenson was dealing, the offense started sluggish, but finally broke through in the third, when Jeff Ronpirin walked to lead off the inning and scored on Jared Martin’s single who also scored on Cam Sperry’s single to give CV a 2-0 lead.
The 6th inning was the breakout and break through inning for the Pirates, as they exploded for 7 runs, largely in part to 6 hits and 2 hit by pitches. Ronpirin had a 2 run single, John Holland had an RBI single, Trevor Kieboom collected his 2nd of 3 hits and 2 of his 5 RBI’s, while JD Perry also drove in a run in the inning.
The Pirates put the game away in mercy rule fashion by adding 5 more runs in the 7th, as Kieboom had a 3 run double and Sperry added another RBI single to push the lead to 14-0.
After Wallace scratched for 2 in the bottom half, Evenson reached back for 3 92 mph fastballs to strikeout the final Patriot and end the game with a 14-2 win.
The # 1 ranked Pirates are now 34-8 and 14-3 in Conference play and will play host to Southern Union this weekend for a 3 game set beginning Friday at 2:00 pm eastern.