After a close shave against Lawson State on Friday evening and a day off on Saturday, the Pirates took to the diamond in the marquee matchup on Mother’s Day, as the faced Shelton State in a battle of the two dominant pitching staffs in the ACCC. After a close affair early, the Pirates pulled away late, with 2 big innings to claim a 14-5 win against the Bucs to advance to the semi-finals.
With CVCC as the visiting team, the offense got going early in the top of the first, as Kenny Ford drew a one out walk and Tyler Lynn delivered a run scoring double and Jake Maziar added an RBI groundout to give the Pirates an early 2-0 lead.
With Bryce Conley taking the mound for the Pirates, he struggled through the first, allowing Shelton to tie the score, allowing only 1 hit, but surrendering 4 free passes. With nothing doing for either team in the second, Shelton temporarily took a 4-2 lead on back to back doubles and a throwing error by Conley.
Conley was lifted for Jordan Lee, and Lee absolutely went into shutdown mode, stifling the Bucs the rest of the way to give the offense a chance. Lee went the distance, allowing only a single unearned run on 3 hits through 6 innings.
Once Lee settled the ship, the offense went to work, taking the lead for good in the 4th, as they sent 10 Pirates to the plate en route to a 5 run inning. Ryan Hagan got things going with a leadoff double, while Grayson Ivey, JT Thomas, and Hunter Webb all had consecutive hits. After a Nolan Greckel walk, Ford, Lynn, and Maziar strung together 3 consecutive RBI singles to give CV the 7-4 lead.
With Lee dominating, the score remained the same until another big inning by the Pirates in the 7th. With Hagan, again, being the catalyst, Thomas chipped in a run scoring single, while Ford delivered the knockout blow with a 2 run double, while just for good measure Lynn added a sac fly to run the score to 12-4.
After Shelton plated an unearned run to keep the game alive, the Pirates finished things off in the 8th, with 4 consecutive free passes, and a sac fly by Greckel to end things at 14-5 via the mercy rule.
The win sent the Pirates to the semi-finals and kept them in the winners bracket, as they would face Southern Division rival, Faulkner State for the right to play for the ACCC Championship. The Pirates ran their record to 39-15 on the year.