In a matchup of friendly rivals, the Pirates traveled to Alexander City on Wednesday to play Central Alabama in what is now a non-conference game since the ACCC Divisional realignment. After a tough outing by freshman Jordan Lee on Saturday, he came back with a flurry in a 5 inning, 1 hit outing while the offense exploded in a 16-1 win.
Coach Thomas sent JLee right back to the bump on Wednesday for the start against the Trojans, and the results were absolutely dominating, as Lee tossed 5 shutout innings, allowing only a single hit, while striking out 5 and walking 2.
The Pirate offense put the game almost out of reach before the Trojans had even sent a single batter to the plate. In the top of the first, after 2 quick outs, Kenny Ford singled and stole second, while Jake Maziar followed with a rocket RBI double. Three consecutive RBI basehits later by Ryan Hagan, Brandon Whiteford, and Grayson Ivey gave JLee a 4-0 lead before he had even thrown a pitch.
After shutting CACC down in the first, CVCC went right back at them, when Evan Troutt led the inning off with a walk. A double by Tyler Lynn and sacrifice fly by Ford stretched the lead to 5-0.
Meanwhile, Lee tossed no hit baseball the remainder of his outing, retiring 8 Trojans in a row and 13 out of 15 to finish his day. The only blemish was a walk and a tough error at first base.
Right back at them in the 4th, 5th, and 6th,the Pirates put up a 2 spot in the 4th, on an RBI triple by Tyler Lynn and an RBI double by Ford. While Whiteford added another RBI single in the 5th, and Ryan Hagan delivered an RBI double in the 6th, the Pirates took a comfortable 9-0 lead into the 6th, as Bryce Conley took over for Lee.
Although dominant, Conley’s only blemish was a leadoff walk that led to an unearned run, despite striking out the side with filthy sliders in the 6th.
Up 9-1, the Pirates put the game away for good in the 7th when they exploded for 7 runs, sending 12 men to the plate. Collecting 7 hits and 3 free passes in the inning, the offense was paced by Ivey’s second run scoring double of the day, while Trent Simpson and Frank Wager both collected their first collegiate hits, with both base knocks scoring runs. Both Tyler Lynn and Kenny Ford finished off a pair of 3 hit days in the huge 7th inning explosion. When the dust settled, the Pirates were up 16-1.
Conley went back out to finish the deal, however, after 2 walks in the inning, was lifted for Austin Thomas, who induced a 6-4-3 double play ball to end the inning and the game.
The Pirates finished with 21 hits on the day, while 10 of the 12 batters that saw action pounded out hits, with 8 of the 9 starters collecting multiple hits.
The 7-4 Pirates will travel to Cartersville, Georgia on Friday to take on Georgia Highlands College at the brand new Perfect Game Lake Point Complex for a 2:00 pm single game. The Pirates will turn around on Saturday and host the Chargers for a 2:00 pm start at Howard Lake Field.