As the second half of the conference season kicked in last Thursday, the Pirates played host to Jeff Davis to kick off last week’s four game set. Both games were dominated by starting pitchers, Bryce Conley and Landon Faulkner, as the pair led the Pirates to a sweep by the scores of 6-0 and 8-0.
Game 1 saw Chatt Valley jump out to an early lead, as four consecutive batters reached base to start the game, culminating Jake Maziar’s 3 run homer to give the Pirates a 4-0 lead right off the bat.
That would essentially be all that Conley needed, as after a lead off single to start the game, he would not allow another hit until 1 out in the 8th inning. Conley’s line finished with 8 complete shutout innings, adding 7 strikeouts to his league leading total, allowing only the 2 hits and 4 walks.
After a pair of scoreless innings, the Pirates added a run in the 5th on Grayson Ivey’s RBI single to score Ryan Hagan, who doubled to start the inning. In the 6th, Hagan drew a bases loaded walk to push the 6th and final run across.
Conley passed the ball over to Tyler Welch who tossed a 1-2-3 9th inning to finish off the Warhawks in the 6-0 win.
Game 2 was almost an exact repeat of game 1 as Landon Faulkner handcuffed the Warhawks in his 6 innings of work. After a pair of hits in the first inning, in which Evan Troutt ended an early threat by throwing out a runner at the plate. From there, Faulkner settled in and allowed only another hit the rest of the way. With his 6 shoutout innings, Lando punched out three with only a single walk.
Meanwhile, the offense got going in the third on Tyler Lynn’s RBI single and again in the 4th when Brandon Whiteford continued his hot hitting, driving in Grayson Ivey for a 2-0 lead.
The Pirates continued to add in the 5th and, for all practical purposes, put the game away, as the plated 2 more runs, one on a Jake Maziar single and another on a balk by the JD pitcher.
Up 4-0, CVCC put the nail in the coffin in the 6th, as Kenny Ford and Grayson Ivey drove in 2 runs apiece to run the score up to 8-0. With such a long inning, the day was over for Faulkner and Willie Tillery came on in the 7th to toss a clean 1-2-3 inning to finish off the sweep.
The Pirates ran their record to 29-9 and 15-3 in conference and headed to Brewton, Alabama on Saturday to complete the series.