After rolling through March and taking control of the ACCC Southern Division race, the Pirates headed into what was supposed to simply be a 4 day weekend layoff during their conference bye. However, when the monsoon season of 2015 happened to join the party about the time it was time resume play.
After a big sweep of Jeff Davis, the Pirates non-conference game on the following Tuesday with Shelton was washed out leading into the weekend bye. With more rain, the next Tuesday’s non-conference game with Andrew game was also cancelled. With those games lost due to weather, the next schedule games were conference games with Wallace State-Selma that there supposed to be on Thursday and Saturday. However, once it was all said in done, the Selma series was pushed to Monday and Tuesday of the next week. In all, the Pirates literally did not step onto a baseball field for a total of 16 days, and the rust certainly showed in their return to conference play.
In game 1, after jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first on three consecutive base hits to start the game by Hunter Webb, Tyler Lynn, and Kenny Ford. With a chance to blow the game open, Jake Maziar lined out to right on a run and hit and Ford was doubled off at first to stymie the run scoring barrage.
Bryce Conley made his first start in nearly three weeks and simply could not find his groove in the first and second, giving up 4 runs on 9 free passes to put the Pats up 4-2.
The offense slowly kept pace adding a run in the 3rd on Will Campbell’s sac fly. After cutting the deficit to 1 run, Wallace regained the 2 run lead on a critical error that lead to a 2 out hit that never would have occurred.
Still, the Pirate offense kept battling. Down 5-3, Ryan Hagan’s RBI groundout, once again brought CV within a run and they took the lead temporarily in the 6th when they plated 2 runs on Hunter Webb’s 2 run double to give the Pirates a short lived 6-5 lead.
Selma tied it in their half with a big 2 out hit to knot the game at 6 apiece. With the Pirates having multiple scoring opportunities over the next 3 frames, they simply could not muster the big hit, while Wallace, yet again, punched across what turned out to be the game winning run with a 2 out hit to claim the 7-6 victory.
Game 2 was a completely different story, as the Pirates came out scoring early and didn’t stop, as they popped the Patriots for 6 runs in the first inning, keyed by 5 consecutive base hits by Ryan Hagan, Tyler Lynn, Evan Troutt, Grayson Ivey, and Brandon Whiteford.
With the early cushion, the Pirate pitching staff was set for smooth sailing. Meanwhile, the offense struck for 3 more runs in the second when Lynn, Troutt, and Whiteford all drove in runs to give CVCC a 9-0 lead after two.
Selma struck for 2 runs in the 3rd to close the gap to 9-2, however, the Swashbuckler offense reclaimed those runs, plus one in the 4th, with Troutt, Ivey, Whitey, and Nolan Greckel in the middle of the run producing madness, to give the Pirates a 12-2 lead.
Wallace added another run in the 5th to make it 12-3, but CVCC quickly put an end to any thoughts of a rally, by adding 5 more runs in the 6th, all with 2 out, with Greckel, Tim Kennedy, Kenny Ford, and Jake Maziar, and Ryan Hagan producing 5 consecutive hits to put the game away by a 17-3 margin.
Sophomore righty, Tyler Welch, threw a scoreless 6th to close things out and head back to Phenix City for a double dip against Wallace the very next day. The Pirates ran their record to 33-10 and 18-4 in league play.
Tomorrow’s post will finish the home set against Wallace-Selma.