After a sweeping a double header at home in dominating fashion, the Pirates took to the road and headed to Mobile to finish off the 4 game set with Bishop State and by the time the sunset over Mobile Bay, the Pirates walked away with an extra innings 7-6 loss and a suspended game due to darkness, in which the Pirates lead 7-5 headed into the top of the 6th.
The day began exactly the way CVCC wanted, as they began scoring methodically through the first two innings to take an early 3-0 lead, on Kenny Ford’s sac fly and RBI basehits by Hunter Webb and Tyler Lynn.
However, starter Austin Thomas injured his elbow in the second inning and tried to pitch through it, but unfortunately, he surrendered 5 runs and the lead, as the Wildcats went up 5-3.
Chase Burks came on in relief and was absolutely magnificent over the next 6 innings, allowing only a single and 2 walks to keep Bishop off of the board. Additionally, Burks added 7 strikeouts.
Again, the offense began scoring methodically, chipping away at the lead, scoring one in the 4th and 5th to tie the game. Hunter Webb’s 2 out steal of home and Grayson Ivey’s RBI single contributed to the offensive cause. However, multiple base running mistakes in the third inning cost what could have been the put away inning for CVCC. Instead, they walked away with nothing.
The Pirates finally took the lead in the 7th on Webb’s RBI bunt to go ahead 6-5. While Burks dominated through 8, a leadoff walk in the 9th ended his day. Drew Dunagan come on and loaded the bases on 2 more walks. Ryan Hagan allowed a single to tie the game at 6, and then a freakish “almost” triple play, followed by a popup ended the inning, as Will Tillery escaped a bases loaded nobody out jam.
The Pirates missed out on several scoring opportunities in extras, as Nik Verbeke and Tyler Welch held the Bobcats scoreless through 11 innings. However, 3 consecutive singles in the bottom of the 12th allowed Bishop to walk off on the Pirates to claim the 7-6 win.
Game 2 began just as ugly as game 1 ended, as Bishop sent 9 men to the plate in the bottom of the first inning en route to a 3-0 lead.
Again, Chatt Valley chipped away methodically, as Trent Simpson knocked across the first run in the second, while the Pirates tied it in the third on Drew Lingo’s 2 run single.
Right back at them in the 4th, Brandon Whiteford came up clutch with a 2 out run scoring basehit to give the Pirates the lead at 4-3. A big 3 run inning in the top of the 5th, led by Lynn’s sac fly and Jake Maziar’s and Ryan Hagan’s RBI’s gave starter Jordan Lee a comfortable 7-3 lead.
With daylight running low, the assumption was the game was official after 5 innings, so with a heavy dose of fastballs, the Wildcats scratched for 2 runs to end the 5th. At that point, the game was suspended with CVCC leading 7-5 heading into the 6th. The game will be resumed at a date agreed upon by the head coaches.
The Pirates next stepped out of conference to play Faulkner University’s JV club on Monday.