After dodging raindrops for 2 weeks and rescheduling games, the Pirates wrapped up their 2014 regular season on this past week, dropping only their 2nd game in the past 25, in a 5-1 loss at Southern Union in a last minute schedule and venue change, but rebounded to sweep Marion on the weekend, 8-2, 7-2, 6-1. The final three wins eclipsed the school record for wins in a season at 43. Additionally, this sophomore class became the all time winningest class in the history of CVCC with 85 career wins.
On Wednesday, in a game that was scheduled to be played at Howard Lake Field, was moved at the last moment to Wadley because of field conditions. It was just a blah day for CVCC, as the rain, the site change, and everything involved simply had the Pirates out of sorts.
Huntbo Mitchell pitched well, but wasn’t his typical dominant self, as he gave up a 3 spot in the first inning. Although he settled in, the Pirate offense just didn’t muster up any run support. They hit the ball hard off of SU starter, John Peterson most of the day, but with a ton of at em’ balls all day long, CVCC just couldn’t push any runs across.
The Pirates mounted a threat in the 6th, when Kenny Ford and Jeff Ronpirin both reached to start the inning. After a John Holland bunt, Jared Martin hammered a ball to right for a sacrifice fly to give the Pirates their only run of the game.
Friday, Chatt Valley began their farewell weekend to Howard Lake Field for the 2014 sophomores. Dalton Rentz toed the rubber at The Lake for the final time and in the process picked up his 20th career win at CVCC, tying the school record for career wins by a Pirate pitcher. He tossed 6 innings, allowing no earned runs on 3 hits, with no walks and 3 strikeouts.
The Pirates opened up the offense early scoring 4 in the first on RBI singles by Jared Martin, Trevor Kieboom, and Cam Sperry, while Grayson Ivey chipped in with a sac fly.
While Rentz kept dealing, the offense kept scoring, as Tyler Lynn tripled in a run in the 3rd, and Kieboom drove in another in the 4th. Up 6-1, the Pirates turned to the bullpen in the 7th, as Trevor Guthrie came on and threw 2 scoreless innings, striking out 3.
CVCC added 2 more in the 7th, led by Kenny Ford’s run scoring single. Matt Evenson came on in the 9th and finished things off for the Pirates, as CV took game 1 by a score of 8-2.
Game 2 saw Dylan Lee on the mound in attempt to run the table on a perfect regular season. He was nothing short of phenomenal once again, as he tossed 7 beautiful innings, scattering 6 hits, allowing no earned runs, and punching out 9 in his Howard Lake finale.
Down 2-1 through four innings, the Pirates took the lead for good in the 5th, when Trevor Kieboom delivered a 2 out 2 run double to give Lee a 3-2 lead. The Pirates added on in the 6th and 7th, when Ford drove in a run, and Kieboom, Sperry, and Ivey all added RBI’s to give the Pirates a 7-2 advantage.
Colt Ramsey and Chris Brown tossed a clean 8th and 9th to preserve the record tying 42nd win of the year.
Game 3 sent Kevin Moore to the bump in his last stand at The Lake and he did what he has done so many times before and toss 4 shutout innings.
The offense got going early, as John Holland added to his RBI total by putting CVCC up 1-0 in the first. Jared Martin plated 2 more in the third with a 2 run single, followed by a Kieboom sac fly.
Up 4-0, Jeff Ronpirin finished the Tigers off with a 2 run single of his own to give CVCC a 6-0 lead. Meanwhile, Payne Kosobucki, Cody Sheffield, and Mitch Shelby tossed the final 3 innings, with the only blemish being a lead off homer in the 7th.
However, once it was all said and done, the Pirates finished off a 6-1 win and set the new standard for victories in a season with 43.
The Pirates now head to the ACCC Tournament in Ozark, Alabama and open up post season play as the # 1 seed from the Central Division and will play Wallace-Dothan at 8:30 pm eastern on Friday, May 9th.
Note to Parents: We will be staying at the Hilton Garden Inn in Dothan, Alabama.