After playing the waiting game all week due to the massive amounts of rain in the Chattahoochee Valley area, the Pirates were finally able to play host to the Governors of Wallace State. In a pair of well played games, it was the Pirates two starting pitchers, Bryce Conley and Landon Faulkner, that stole the show in a double header sweep of the Govs.
Game one began a little hairy, as Wallace jumped on top 1-0 with a pair of hits in the top of the first inning. After responding with three runs of our own in the first, keyed by Kenny Ford’s 2 run double to go up 3-1, the Govs answered right back to knot the game at 3 apiece.
However, at that point, Bryce Conley became a man possessed on the mound, as he did not allow another hit the rest of the game. In his 8 inning, complete game effort, Conley allowed 5 hits, all in the first 2 innings, 3 runs, and struck out 6.
The offense took over from there, putting up 5 runs in the 3rd, as the Pirates had 5 consecutive bases loaded free passes, all with 2 out to virtually put the game away at 8-3.
With Conley on cruise control, the Pirates ended the game via the mercy rule in the 8th inning, when they loaded the bases on an error and back to back bunt singles by Ford and Ryan Hagan. A bases loaded walk to Will Campbell, a sacrifice fly by Brandon Whiteford set the stage for Nolan Greckel’s 2 out, walk off RBI single to end the game 11-3.
Game 2 was an even more dominant performance on the mound, as Landon Faulkner tossed his first career, complete game shutout, allowing only 3 hits. As the league’s top strikeout leader, Faulkner only had 2 punchouts, but induced 12 groundball outs in his stellar performance.
The Pirates had their hands full as well, as the faced Governor ace, hard throwing, John Mason. Starting fast, the Pirates popped Mason for two runs in the first, as Hunter Webb drew a 1 one out walk, Kenny Ford singled on the infield, and with 2 outs and the bases loaded, Brandon Whiteford delivered a beauty of a ground ball in the 4 hole to scored Webb and Ford for the early 2-0 lead.
The Pirates added 1 more in the second, as Evan Troutt led off with a single, while JT Thomas sacrificed him up. That led to an epic 12 pitch Greckel at bat that ended with a run scoring double to give the Pirates and Faulkner all of the runs that they would need.
Up 3-0, Wallace’s only real scoring threat came in the second inning, but Lando tightened up and ended the threat with a harmless pop up. From there, it was complete shutdown mode, as he retired the final 11 batters in order and 16 of 18, as well to preserve the 3-0 win.
The sweep ups the Pirate record to 15-7 overall and 5-1 in conference play. CVCC will travel to Dothan on Sunday to complete the series with a 2:00 eastern double header.