A busy week of baseball kicked off with a double header at The Lake with our buddies from Cuthbert, Georgia in Andrew College. With both teams breaking in very young pitching staffs this fall, both the Tigers and the Pirates had the opportunity to get some of their young arms some live work on the day. In the end, both teams walked away with a win and loss on the day.
Game 1 was the Will Tillery show, making his first start of the fall, and tossing 4 dominant, shut out innings, striking out 4 Tigers in his effort, while allowing only 1 hit. The Pirate offense got going early and often, plating 2 runs in the bottom of the first inning, with Tim Kennedy and Brandon Whiteford going back to back singles and a double steal to start the game. Ryan Hagan scored Kennedy on an RBI groundout and Tyler Lynn drove in Whitey on an RBI single to put the Pirates up 2-0.
With Willie T dealing, the offense busted open for 6 runs in the 3rd, highlighted by run scoring hits from Kennedy, Hagan, and Trent Simpson to push the lead to 8-0. A game under complete control got a little hairy in the 5th and 6th, as Andrew scratched for 6 runs off of Tyler Welch, as he struggled with his command. However, he buckled down and ended the threat to keep the lead at 8-6.
Meanwhile, in the 5th, Simpson finished his big day with another RBI single, while Grayson Ivey drove in a run on a sacrifice fly to give the Pirates some breathing room.
Up 10-6, Oz Ozley came on in the 7th and shut down Andrew 1-2-3 with a punchout to preserve the win.
Game 2 showcased another great start by a Pirate pitcher, as Chase Burks made his Chatt Valley starting debut, going 4 strong. Burks took a no hitter into his last inning of work, when in the fourth, after recording 2 quick outs, surrendered a double, walk, and a two out, two run single to give Andrew a 2-0 advantage. Nonetheless, Burks was outstanding in his day of work.
The Pirate offense answered in their half of the 4th, as Brandon Frazier ripped an RBI single to get the Pirates on the board and cut the Tiger lead in half to 2-1. After tossing 2 scoreless innings of relief to keep the deficit to one run, the Pirates missed out on run scoring opportunities in both the 5th and 6th, with runners in scoring position both innings.
It was all for naught, as sophomore Jon Kizzar had his only rough relief appearance of the fall, surrendering 4 runs to Andrew in the top of the 7th to virtually put the game away with a 6-1 lead, as the Tigers strung together 4 consecutive doubles.
The Pirate offense went quietly in their half of the 7th, ending the double header split with a 6-1 loss.