After finding some life in a hard fought road split at Faulkner State, the Pirates welcomed the Sun Chiefs to Phenix City for the season finale. Saturday’s double header results would essentially determine the 1st through 5th seeds. Once the dust settled, the Pirates put The Lake to bed the right way, finishing of a series win with a double header sweep on CVCC’s annual Sophomore Day.
Game 1 sent soon-to-be ace, Chase Burks to the mound, and all he did was toss a 6 hit, complete game shutout, striking out 4 Chief’s and walking only 2.
The Pirates got things going in the second on a sac fly by Grayson Ivey and an RBI single by Kenny Ford to give CV a 2-0 early lead.
With Burks dealing, he held FSCC scoreless while the Pirates added single runs in the 5th and 7th, on a Ryan Hagan RBI groundout, and a Jake Maziar RBI single to push the lead to 4-0.
ith Faulkner State having only a handful of scoring opportunities with Burks dominating, the Pirate offense put the nail in the coffin in the 8th, as they scored 6 runs to end the game on a mercy rule, 10-0 win. Ivey, Ford, and Greckel led the 8th off with 3 consecutive singles. A bases loaded walk to Lynn, plated Ivey, followed by a sac fly by Maziar to run the score to 6-0. However, with 2 out, a walk and a hit by pitch to Ryan Hagan and Will Campbell led to the walk off double by Drew Lingo to clinch at least a series split.
Game 2 was a classic comeback to finish the season in walk off fashion. Bryce Conley took the ball for the Pirates in his last start at The Lake and was dominant with the exception of a tough a 2nd inning, as the Chiefs scratched for 3 runs on 2 hit by pitches, a walk, and 2 singles to put the Pirates in a 3-0 hole. At that point, Conley went into shutdown mode, allowing only 3 hits the rest of the game, adding 6 more to his league leading strikeout total.
The Pirates immediately responded by scoring 2 runs in the bottom half of the third, when Nolan Greckel, Kenny Ford, and Tyler Lynn all reached to start the inning. After Jake Maziar hit into a double play to score a run, Ryan Hagan tripled in the second run to cut the deficit to 1 run.
Right back at them in the fourth, Evan Troutt tripled to start the inning and scored to tie the score at 3 apiece on JT Thomas’s RBI single.
The score stayed locked at 3 apiece, the Pirates put the final touches on the game and season by completing the comeback in the bottom half of the 7th. With one out, Tyler Lynn singled and Jake Maziar followed him with a double to put runners at 2nd and 3rd with only one out. After an intentional walk to Ryan Hagan to load the bases, Brandon Whiteford was hit by the first pitch he saw for the walk off HBP and 4-3 win to complete the regular season and secure the # 2 seed in the South.
The Pirates finished the year with a 37-15 record and 23-9 conference record and head into the ACCC Tournament the following Friday as the # 2 seed and will face # 3 North seed, Lawson State.