With Mother Nature not being very kind to the baseball world lately, the Pirates had a busy week ahead of them beginning on Monday. Chatt Valley had the tall task of a double header versus Southern Union on Monday, a single game turned 14 innings versus Central Alabama on Tuesday and then head into a 3 game set at Wallace-Selma beginning Friday.
On Monday, the Pirates hosted rival Southern Union in a crucial Central Division matchup. After taking 2 of 3 from the Bison earlier in the season, the Pirates needed 2 wins in the final 4 games against SUCC to secure the season series. And two wins was exactly what they got, as CVCC swept SU by the scores of 13-3 and 2-0.
In Game 1, Pirate ace, Dalton Rentz took the mound for the Pirates. After striking out 2 of 2 in the first, Rentz ran into some trouble in the third, as he found himself on the wrong end of a 3-0 score. However, the offense immediately bailed him out and took the lead for good, as the Pirates loaded the bases with none out and Kenny Ford, Jeff Ronprin, and John Holland all drove in runs to give Rentz a 4-3 lead.
The score remained that way as Rentz settled in and went into shutdown mode the rest of the way. In a one run game, the Pirates put it away in the 5th inning, putting up a 6 spot, keyed by Ford’s 2 run double and Ronpirin’s 2 run single. Jared Martin also added a run scoring base hit to push the lead to 10-3.
Not quite done yet, the Pirates ended the game via the mercy rule in the bottom of the 7th, when Ford bunted for hit, advanced to second on an overthrow, stole third and scored on another overthrow. Cam Sperry finished things off with a 2 run double to end the game 13-3.
Game 2 was a classic pitcher’s duel between CVCC’s Dylan Lee and SUCC’s Charles Taylor. Both were virtually unhittable the entire game, as Lee took a perfect game into the 4th inning, and a no hitter into the 5th. Taylor was equally as good, as he allowed only hit through 5 innings of work.
Fortunately for the Pirates, the Bison were the first to break, as Kenny Ford led off the bottom of the 6th inning with a single, advanced to second on a past ball. After a walk to Jeff Ronpirin and a single by Holland, the Pirates had the bases loaded with none out, and Jared Martin smoked a single in the 6 hole to give the Pirates a 2-0 lead.
Lee went right back to work in the 7th, tossing a 1-2-3 inning, complete game, 1 hit shutout, striking out 5 and walking none.
Tuesday’s game against CACC looked to be another quick pitcher’s duel, as well, as Huntbo Mitchell got the start for the Pirates. After giving up single runs in the first and second innings, Mitchell settled in and put zeroes on the board over the next 4 innings of his outing, as he left after 6 with a 3-2 lead.
Down 2-0 in the 5th, the Pirates got things going on Kenny Ford’s single, stolen base and advancement to third and home on throwing errors. Down 2-1, John Holland and Jared Martin had back to back singles, and Cam Sperry smoked a 2 run triple into the right field corner to give CVCC a 3-2 lead.
Colt Ramsey came on in the 7th and was just down right filthy. Although he allowed the tying run to score, he completely overpowered the Trojan hitters, striking out 7 in 4 innings of work.
Tied 3-3, the Pirates and Trojans gave the fans some free baseball, as they headed into extra innings. Chris Brown relieved Ramsey and was shutdown in his own right, keeping CACC off the board for the next 3 innings. In the bottom of the 11th, it appeared that the game was about to be won by CVCC, as they loaded the bases with no one out until a thunderstorm hit and delayed the game a little over an hour.
When play resumed, CACC pulled off the miracle and got out of the jam unscathed, as the Pirates failed to push across the winning run.
In the top of the 14th, Central broke through, scoring an unearned run to take a 4-3 lead. However, the Pirates rallied in the bottom half, as Jared Martin reached on a one out hit by pitch and Trevor Kieboom had the at bat of the game, with a 2 strike single to right to put runners at the corners with one out. Cam Sperry then hammered a double in the right center gap to score Martin and what appeared to be the game winnner with Kieboom, but the umpire called him out on a bang bang play.
Tied 4-4, Grayson Ivey was intentionally walked and Tyler Lynn then smoked a ball off of the first base bag that flew about 20 feet in the air, Sperry never stopped at third, and as Lynn just beat the play at first, Big Cam slid in just ahead of the throw to win an epic extra inning game, 5-4.
The Pirates are now 37-8 on the season and 17-3 in conference play. Additionally, the latest NJCAA poll was released on Tuesday and the Pirates still hold the top spot in the land. Your # 1 ranked Pirates will head to Wallace-Selma this weekend for a 3 game set with the Patriots.