The inconsistencies continued the following day at home against the Wallace State-Selma Patriots, with the Pirates still feeling the affects of the long layoff. In a series that ultimately cost Chatt Valley the regular season Divisional Championship, CVCC had a Jekyll and Hyde performance on Tuesday on a wet and quagmirish Howard Lake Field, in a 5-1 win and 2-1 loss.
Game 1 was lethargic, low energy, and quite simply,
a grind. However, freshman phenom and late season hero, Chase Burks, dialed up a gem, in a complete game, 7 hit effort, with only the single run allowed.
The Pirates got it going in the bottom of the first to give Burksy all of the runs he needed, with back to back RBI doubles by Jake Maziar and Ryan Hagan to give the Pirates the early 2-0 lead. Right back at ’em in the 2nd, JT Thomas’ one out single and stolen base paved the way for Nolan Greckel’s RBI double to extend the lead to 3-0.
It appeared that the Pirates were en route to another big win, however, the offense stymied over the next 3 innings, squandering scoring opportunities, while Selma scratched for one run in the 5th to cut the lead to 3-1.
However, the insurance man came a knockin’, as the offense added a run a piece in the 6th and 7th to put the game away, with a sac fly coming from the bat of Will Campbell and a huge 2 out double by Brandon Whiteford to extend the lead to 5-1.
Chase Burks just continued to methodically chew through the Patriots order to finish off the game and put the Pirates in position to win the series, in the 5-1 win.
Game 2 was simply a game of bad offense and few adjustments. Jordan Lee was spectacular in his complete game tough luck loss. He went the 7 inning distance, allowing no earned runs on a mere 2 hits.
Unfortunately, Selma starter and Phenix City native, Chad Silvani was just as good, tossing a complete game 3 hitter of his own, and in one stretch, retired 16 of 17 Pirates.
In a 0-0 game, the Pats drew first blood on a flurry of defensive miscues that could have been a back breaking inning for the Pirates. However, Lee bowed his neck, along with some good defense by Kenny Ford to limit the damage to 2 runs.
The Pirates had their chance in the 7th, as Jake Maziar doubled to lead off the inning. However, the next three batters grounded out, while scoring pinch runner, Tanner Davis, to give both teams a series split in the Pirates 2-1 loss.
The Pirates would have one day off before hosting LB Wallace for what turned out to the Divisional Series championship series. The Selma split ran the Pirate record to 33-11 overall and 19-5 in conference play.