It wasn’t pretty early, as the Pirates had to rally twice to finally put the Bobcats away before running away with game 2 to remain in first place in the ACCC South.
Game 1 saw a pitching battle for most of the game, as Bryce Conley held the Bobcats to 1 run through 6 innings on only 4 hits. The Pirates played from behind most of the game, as they hit rockets all over the yard, but hit into an uncanny 4 double plays in 4 consecutive innings to trail 1-0 going into the 5th.
However, Hunt Webb and Kenny Ford singled to start the 5th and Tyler Lynn came up huge with a 2 out 2 run double to give CV the 2-1 lead. The Pirates added 2 more in the 6th on Nolan Greckel’s single and Jake Maziar’s RBI double to extend the lead to 4-1.
Unfortunately, Conley ran into trouble in the 7th, as he walked the bases loaded. Tyler Welch came on and did a masterful job working out of the jam, getting 3 consecutive ground ball outs to preserve a 4-3 lead.
Will Tillery came on in the 8th and surrendered an unearned run, as the Bobcats tied the score at 4 apiece. However, Willie T kept it there and the offense exploded for 4 runs in the 8th to put the game away. The Pirates strung together 6 consecutive productive at bats as Webb doubled, Ford singled, Maziar walked, Hagan drove in 2 with a single, Lynn added another RBI single, and Grayson Ivey finished things off with a sacrifice fly.
Up 8-4, Tillery kept the 9th boring and shut things down to preserve the win.
Game 2 was sheer dominance by Landon Faulkner, who tossed his second consecutive complete game, this one was of the one hit, shutout variety, in which he punched out 9 batters in the 7 inning game, while taking a no hitter into the 4th.
The offense was consistent and methodical in their scoring, as Kenny Ford’s legs got the Pirates the first run, on 2 stolen bases and scoring on an overthrow.
Ryan Hagan singled in the second and later scored on a wild pitch. The third inning proved to be the put away inning, as the Pirates scored three runs, all with 2 out and none on. Ford, Maziar, Hagan, and Will Campbell all had consecutive hits to give Lando a 5-0 cushion.
After adding 2 more in the 5th on Tyler Lynn’s second RBI double of the day, it was time to get some at bats for the rest of the club. Trent Simpson continued his hot hitting, smashing a double in his at bat off of the bench, while Tanner Davis added another hit to his stats.
With Evan Troutt adding the final run via a sac fly, Faulkner finished what he started in a CG, 70 pitch effort.