The 2014 season has been some kind of ride for the Pirates, and this weekend’s 3 game sweep of a tough Patriot bunch from Wallace-Selma clinched a 40 win season along with the 2014 ACCC Central Division Championship, with 16-6, 3-2, and 2-1 victories.
Game 1 started out just the way CVCC wanted, as the Pirates scored 2 in the first, 1 in the second and 1 in the third to take a 4-0 lead and what looked like control of the game.
However, things unraveled a bit in the bottom of the third, when after starter Matty Evenson surrendered a few baserunners, the normally sound Pirate defense made bizarre fielder’s choice plays resulting in no outs and leading to a 6 run inning for Wallace.
Evenson reigned things back in for the Pirates kept the damage to only 6, while the Pirate offense responded immediately with 4 runs in the 4th to take the lead for good, keyed by Grayson Ivey’s 2 run double.
Up 8-6, Chatt Valley put the game away over the next 4 innings. Evenson went 5 2/3 allowing the 6 runs on 6 hits while striking out 5.
Up 10-6 in the 6th, the Pirates pushed three more across, with Jeff Ronpirin delivering a big run scoring single. Not quite finished, Jared Martin double home a run, and Cam Sperry added to his league leading RBI total with a sacrifice fly and added another with an RBI double to extend the lead to 16-6.
Kevin Moore pitched the final 2 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball to preserve the mercy rule shortened win for Chatt Valley.
Game 2 was a nailbiter in which the Pirates had to come from behind to win, while Superman, Dylan Lee, threw another complete game gem.
The Pirate offense simply could not get things going against the Patriot starter, while Wallace plated single runs against Lee in the second and third, one of which was unearned.
Down 2-0, the Pirates cut the lead in half, when Tyler Lynn led off with a single and scored on a 2 out hit by Kenny Ford to make the score 2-1.
Wallace then turned their ace, Kevin Simmons to attempt to preserve the game. However, the Pirates competed their hearts out against Simmons, who looks to be a high round draft pick in the upcoming draft. Jared Martin led off the 5th with a walk and Trevor Kieboom followed him with a single. After Grayson Ivey failed to get a bunt down, Tyler Lynn delivered a game tying single to plate Martin.
From there, Lee went into shutdown mode, as he gave the Patriot offense zero chances to score and got stronger as the game went on. With the score tied 2-2 in the top of the 9th, Martin hammered a lead off triple in the right center field gap and scored on Ivey’s sacrifice fly for the go ahead run.
Lee closed things out for his 8th victory to preserve the 3-2 win.
Game 3, Coach Thomas sent ace Dalton Rentz to the mound to clinch the division for CVCC and he was nothing short of dominant, tossing a complete game 3 hitter and striking out 8, allowing only a single run on 2 bad hop singles.
Again, the offense was a bit sluggish, but provided Rentz with all he would need, when in the 4th inning, Kieboom drew a one out walk and scored on Ivey’s RBI single. In the 5th, John Holland got things going with 2 outs as he hammered out his league leading 9th triple, and scored on Martin’s double to give the Pirates a 2-0 lead.
After Wallace cut the lead to 2-1 in the 6th, Rentz sent the Patriots home quietly, as he picked up his 9th win of the season, while the Pirates clinched their first division title since 2011.
The Pirates are now 40-8 on the season with 5 games remaining: At Southern Union on Tuesday, Home on Wednesday vs. SUCC and the Pirates play host to Marion Military on Friday and Saturday for the final series of the season.