In an always anticipated and emotional event, otherwise known as opening day of baseball season, Chattahoochee Valley hosted East Georgia College for the first game of a three game set on Friday. With things looking good for the Pirates through 7 innings, things completely unraveled, as the Bobcats scratched for 7 runs in the 8th and 9th innings to come from behind and take game 1, 9-6.
Trevor Guthrie got the opening day start for the Pirates, and was nothing short of phenomenal, as he went 7 strong, allowing 2 runs (both unearned) on 4 hits with 4 strikeouts.
The Pirate offense got things going first, as Tyler Lynn reached on an infield hit and advanced to second on an errant throw. Jake Maziar followed him with his first of three hits on the day to put CVCC up 1-0.
EGC came right back, as the leadoff hitter reached on an error, and after back to back singles, East had taken a temporary 2-1 lead.
Guthrie absolutely went into shutdown mode from there and did not allow the Cats another scoring opportunity the rest of his outing.
The bottom of third saw the Pirates regain the lead, as Kenny Ford led of the inning with a double. Hunter Webb’s sacrifice bunt moved him to third and Brandon Whiteford hammered the first pitch he saw to tie the game at 2 apiece. Tyler Lynn delivered his second hit of the day, stole second base, and put the good guys in business with 2nd and 3rd with 1 out. Maziar had the at bat of the game, as he laced a 2 strike single up the middle to score Whitey and Lynn to put CVCC up 4-2.
Tyler Welch came in relief of Guthrie and tossed a 1-2-3 7th inning. After a leadoff basehit, followed by a walk, the Pirate defense misplayed a bunt that loaded the bases for EGC. Coach Thomas went to the bullpen and brought in lefty, Jacob Ozley, who struck out the only batter he faced.
With one out, the Pirates were a ground ball away from escaping the bases loaded jam. Austin Thomas relieved Ozley, and promptly got a one hop comebacker that he misplayed, allowing one run to score. With the score 4-3, Thomas gave up 3 consecutive hits after his error en route to a 5 run 8th for East Georgia.
Down 7-4, the Pirate offense came right back with some 2 out magic. Grayson Ivey picked up his first hit of the 2015 season, and back to back pinch hit singles by Will Campbell and Evan Troutt, closed the gap to 7-5. Ford then laced what looked like the game tying basehit to right field, but the hot liner was caught to end the inning.
Down 7-5 and within striking distance, the Cats continued to hit Thomas around, coupled with another error on a bunt. After 2 more critical runs were scored, which proved to ultimately be the difference in the game, Logan Haner came on to put out the fire.
Down 9-5, Webb and Whiteford drew back to back walks to lead off the 9th. Tyler Lynn flew out to right, as Webb advanced to third. Maziar just missed a game tying homer, as he was a tad out in front, however it resulted in a sac fly to pull the game within 3 runs at 9-6. Unfortunately, the rally ended there, as the Bobcat reliever struck out Ryan Hagan to end the threat.
The 0-1 Pirates will host East Georgia on Saturday for a 1:00 pm double header.