After a lunchtime epic comeback against Alabama Southern, the Pirates, although undefeated and in the winners’ bracket, were forced to play a double header due to thunderstorms that affected the Wiregrass area the previous evening. After a 5 hour break at the hotel, the Pirates headed back to Eagle Stadium to take on another Southern Division powerhouse in Faulkner State in the nightcap.
Huntbo Mitchell took the mound for the Pirates and delivered yet another stellar performance in styming the potent Sun Chief offense. After stranding a pair of baserunners in the first and second, Mitchell got all of the runs he would need in the next 3 Pirate offensive frames.
In the bottom of the second, Cam Sperry got things going with a leadoff walk, and Tyler Lynn absolutely hammered a one out fastball for mammoth 2 run homer to right center field to give CVCC a 2-0 lead.
After Mitchell surrendered an unearned run in the third to cut the lead to 2-1, the Pirate offense went right back at ’em in their half scoring 2 more runs, as Trevor Kieboom drove in Jeff Ronpirin with an RBI groundout and John Holland scored on a wild pitch, after reaching on a single.
Up 4-1, Mitchell threw zeroes up on the board in the 4th and 5th, while the Chatt Valley offense continued to score and close the distance between them and the ACCC Championship game.
In the bottom of the fourth, Lynn led off with a walk, followed by a hot hitting JD Perry to put 2 on with none out. Mr. Consistency, Jeff Ronpirin, then drove both in with a 2 run single to rightfield to extend the lead to 6-1. After a Holland single, Ronpirin advanced to second, stole third, and then scored on an errant throw by the FSCC catcher to push the Pirates further out in front at 7-1.
Still not done, CV added a pair of runs in the 5th on Trevor Kieboom’s lead off single, who eventually scored on a passed ball. With 2 outs and none on, Tyler Lynn doubled and scored on JD Perry’s RBI single to extend the lead to 9-1.
With a comfortable lead, Huntbo did exactly what a pitcher is supposed to do – throw strikes. Unfortunately, the Chiefs struck for 3 runs to close the gap to 9-4 in the 6th. However, the Pirate offense got Mitchell off of the hook, plating 5 runs in the 6th to end the game in mercy rule fashion. The first four batters of the inning reached base, as Ronpirin doubled, Holland walked, and Jared Martin smoked a 2 run single up the middle. Up 11-4, Kieboom was hit by a pitch, and Grayson Ivey drove in J-Rod to extend the lead to 12-4. With 2 on and only one out, Tyler Lynn came up big again, hammering a double in the gap, to score both Trev and G to end the game at 14-4, good guys.
The win put the Pirates in the championship game of the ACCC Tournament, needing only one win to claim their first conference crown since 1996 and earn their first ever trip to Grand Junction, Colorado for the Alpine Bank JUCO World Series. The championship game would feature a rematch with the ever dangerous, and hot hitting Alabama Southern Eagles. The top ranked Pirates ran their record to 46-9 on the 2014 season.