On a beautiful Saturday afternoon made for February baseball, the Pirates took on ABAC at Howard Lake Field in their Saturday Ghosts in attempt to finish off a season series sweep of the Stallions from Tifton. After 2 masterful starting pitching jobs from Trevor Guthrie and Landon Faulkner, the Pirates finished the job, winning 6-0 and 9-4.
Trevor Guthrie toed the rubber in game one of the double header and simply dominated the Stallion lineup, tossing 5 complete shutout innings, allowing only 3 hits, while striking out 3 ABAC hitters, and collecting 10 groundball outs.
Offensively, CVCC got things going in the second inning as Ryan Hagan led off with a single. After a one out double by Grayson Ivey, Will Campbell stepped up to the plate with runners at 2nd and 3rd and executed perfectly, by grounding out to second for an RBI and a 1-0 Pirate lead. Hunter Webb immediately followed up Campbell with an RBI single of his own to finish off the 2 run inning.
With Guthrie in control, the offense continued to add to their lead, as Brandon Whiteford drew a bases loaded walk in the third to make it 3-0.
After 5 strong, Christian Vann came on toss the 6th, striking out 2 batters to keep the shutout in tact. In the bottom half, Chatt Valley added 3 more runs to put the game away.
Whiteford singled to start the inning and advanced to second on Kenny Ford’s sacrifice bunt. A single by Campbell put runners at the corners for Webb, who grounded into an RBI fielder’s choice to extend the lead to 4-0. That proceeded an Evan Troutt RBI double and Tyler Lynn RBI single to push the final margin to 6-0.
In the nightcap, Landon Faulkner was absolutely dynamite in his taming of the Stallions. Lando went 6 complete innings, allowing only one hit and 2 unearned runs, while striking out a season high, 10 batters for the Pirates.
The Pirate hitters got things going early, as Kenny Ford drove in the first run in the first on a basehit and Hagan’s sac fly gave Landon a 2-0 lead.
The Stallions rallied in the 3rd, scoring an unearned run on no hits, even though Faulkner struck out three in the inning. Unfortunately, one of the punchouts reached on a passed ball, as the first run for ABAC scored in the same manner to cut the lead to 2-1.
CVCC immediately responded, as Hunt Webb doubled to start the inning and scored on Tyler Lynn’s basehit. Another Hagan sac fly pushed the lead to 4-1. Right back at them in the 4th, Webber continued his fantastic day, with an RBI single, scoring Evan Troutt, while Kenny Ford followed suit with a 2 run single of his own.
Up 7-1 in the 6th, the CVCC defense had a momentary lapse, as a leadoff error, came back to haunt them. A walk followed the error and a dirt ball read put runners at the corners. After an RBI fielder’s choice, Faulkner shut the door with a punchout and lineout to keep the score at 7-2.
The Pirate O got things going again in the 6th, as Ryan Hagan finished a 4 RBI day with a 2 run, 2 out single to push the lead to 9-2.
Coach Thomas turned to Jordan Lee to close things out. Things started out shaky, as a leadoff single and hit by pitch got ABAC in business, however, a strikeout and groundout later, JLee looked to be back on track to finish things out. Unfortunately, back to back walks, pushed another run across, and Lee handed the ball over to Jacob Ozley who struck out the final batter to end the game and complete the sweep of the ABAC Stallions and run their season record to 6-4.
The 6th, 18th, and 20th ranked Pirates travel to Alex City on Tuesday to take on respected rival, Central Alabama, in what is now a non-conference opponent with the new divisional alignments. First pitch is 2:00 eastern.