February 12th marked the first homecoming that CVCC has had in over a decade, and with all four sports playing at home, the Pirate baseball team did their part in making the day a clean sweep of wins for all programs, as they dismantled the Brewton-Parker JV club by a score of 18-1.
Bryce Conley got his first start of the season and was nearly perfect in his 5 innings of work. After sitting down the first 8 batters he faced, Conley allowed a dying quail base hit to right field to fall just off the glove of a dying Drew Lingo for the only blemish on Conley’s pitching line. On the day, he went 5 complete, allowing only the single, while striking out 4 Barons.
Offensively, the Pirates scored early and often, putting up runs in every inning of the game: 3 in the first and second, 2 in the third, 7 in the 4th, 1 in the 5th, and 3 in the 6th en route to a 20 hit, 18 run explosion.
Jake Maziar had a great day in his only 2 at bats, driving in 3 of the 6 runs in the 1st and second with a double and a triple. Catching mate, JT Thomas had a huge day, recording his first perfect day at the plate, as well as his first 4 hit day, going 4-4 with a triple and 4 RBI’s.
Drew Lingo finally broke out, scorching two doubles on the day, while Evan Troutt had 2 knocks of his own. Both Tanner Davis and Timmy Kennedy recorded the first hits of their college baseball careers.
However, the highlight of the day, was the opportunity for three pitchers getting at bats, with Nik “Stixx” Verbeke crushing an RBI double to right field to pace the pitchers in batting average early on this season.
The Pirates have climbed back to .500 at 4-4 and will host ABAC on Saturday for a 1:00 double header.