After rolling out to a dominant start in the pre-season, the Pirates hosted perennial Georgia power, Gordon College for a Thursday afternoon double dip. With the pitching staff stealing the show all fall, they put on another outstanding performance, allowing only 3 runs in 14 innings, however, after a 10-1 win in game one, the Pirates were unable to touch home plate and lost 2-0 for the split with the Highlanders.
Chase Burks tossed his most dominant outing of the fall, in a 3 inning complete massacre of the Highlanders, as he struck out 4 of the first 5 batters he faced. Burksy finished with 3 innings, 2 hits, 1 run on 4 K’s and no walks, reaching as high as 91 mph multiple times.
Meanwhile the offense got busy early, jumping ahead 1-0 in the first on Brandon Hill’s RBI double and pushing 3 more across in the 2nd on singles by Trent Simpson, Jay Meuse, Tim Kennedy, and a bases loaded walk by Hill to extend the lead to 4-0.
With Burks cruising, he allowed a 2 out run to GC to cut the lead to 4-1 to pass the ball over to a plethora of relievers who shut Gordon out the rest of the way. Garrett Deloney tossed a perfect 4th, earning 2 punchouts.
In the Pirate half of the 4th, CVCC busted the game open with a 5 spot, as 3 free passes to start the inning, loaded the bases. After a fielders choice and a pair of errors, JT Thomas smashed a triple with 2 outs. When the dust settled it was 9-1, good guys.
The bullpen continued to do their job, as Logan Haner fanned 2 Highlanders in a shutout inning, while Cody Harrison sent GC 3 up, 3 down with 2 punchouts of his own and Chase Adkins played the role of closer to finish things off in the 7th to preserve the win.
Game 2 saw more dominance on the mound by the Pirates, as Christian Vann earned the start for CVCC, tossing 3 shutout innings of his own, allowing 2 hits and 2 walks. The Pirate offense had runners on base every inning of the game, but continued to come up short, inning after inning, leaving 10 runners stranded on the day.
The third inning proved to be the one that ultimately hurt CVCC, as Cole Baggett and Tanner Davis led off with back to back singles, and then executing a double steal to give the Pirates runners at 2nd and 3rd with none out. Unfortunately, 3 strikeouts later, CV came away empty, as the game remained scoreless through 3.
Again, the bullpen was stellar, as Jordan Lee dominated, sending GC down in order with yet another strikeout. Brandon Sattenfield did the same the unconventional way, allowing a one out single that was quickly turned into an inning ending double play.
Still 0-0, Stewart Tyler got his first action of the fall and was very good, as he retired the leadoff hitter, gave up a single and punched out the next guy. With one on and 2 out, he surrendered a double to give the Highlanders the 1-0 lead and later a single to push the lead to 2-0.
Trent Simpson continued his surprisingly dominant pitching, handcuffing GC in the 7th to give the Pirates a chance in the bottom half. A 2 out rally began with a Jaylen Smith walk and an AJ Willoughby single. A wild pitch later put the tying run at 2nd base as Cole Baggett absolutely smashed a liner to left field that looked like a sure game tying single. Unfortunately, well placed defense allowed the Gordon left fielder to catch the liner where he stood to end the game in a 2-0 defeat of the Pirates.
The Pirates will go back to outside competition on Thursday, October 8th, as CVCC will host Andrew College for a 1:00 double header.