After a less than stellar series with Enterprise State this weekend, the Pirates played, arguably, their best game of the year, both fundamentally and emotionally against old rival Central Alabama on Monday in a 9-2 win.
The Trojans began the game with a lot of emotion themselves, as they jumped on top 1-0 in the second inning. However, Chase Burks was pinpoint all day long in his 5 innings of work, as he induced 9 ground ball outs and got bad contact all day long.
The Offense played like the Pirates are supposed to play – fast, furious, and fundamental. In the second, CVCC took the lead for good, as Ryan Hagan led of with a single and Tyler Lynn had maybe his best at bat of the year, fighting back from an 0-2 count to deliver a basehit to centerfield. After a beautiful Drew Lingo bunt, Frank Wager and Tanner Davis delivered back to back doubles to put the Pirates up 3-1.
While Burks kept dealing, the offense kept scoring, as they added 2 more in the third, scoring on a wild pitch and Lynn’s RBI groundout. Up 5-1, the swashbucklers kept coming, adding another 3 spot in the 4th, with a Nolan Greckel 2 run single and Hagan’s RBI single to push the lead to 8-1.
After the 5th, the bullpen got some much needed work, as Nik Verbeke pitched the 6th, giving up an unearned run as CACC closed the gap to 8-2. However, it was 9 up and 9 down from the 7th through the 9th, as Jon Kizzar, Will Tillery, and Drew Dunagan were lights out to close things out. The three combined for 3 perfect innings of relief, adding 4 punchouts in the mix.
The Offense finished off the scoring in the 6th, with some 2 out work, as Kenny Ford was hit by a pitch and scored on Hagan’s double off of the left field wall to bring the final tally to 9-2.
The 13-7 Pirates will go back into conference play this week against Wallace-Dothan. The series is scheduled to begin in Dothan on Thursday, however, the forecast for the week is horrible, so stay tuned for game updates.