Pitching Staff Continues to Dazzle, Allows Only 2 Runs in 18 innings vs. Andrew

On what is beginning to sound like a broken record, the Pirate pitching staff continued its dominance through the fall season in a home double header against Andrew College, allowing only 2 runs in 18 innings of play, against only 13 hits, and 13 strikeouts.  Even with the great effort, the Pirates managed a 7-0 win in game 1 and a 2-2 tie in game 2.

Chase Adkins got the start in game 1 and was his usual dominant self, scattering 3 hits, with 3 punchouts in 3 innings of work.  The Pirate offense got him the win right off the bat, putting a 3 spot on the board in the first, all with 2 outs, as Brandon Hill and Carson Hughes reached, while Will Campbell and Jaylen Smith drove them in.

The Pirate offense continued to score methodically, adding 1 in the 2nd on Nolan Greckel’s single and another in the third on back to back doubles by Campbell and Smith to push the lead to 5-0. 

Meanwhile, Chase Burks and Jordan Lee tossed the next 3 innings, facing only one batter over the minimum in dominating fashion, to keep the 5-0 lead.

Christian Vann had one of his more impressive outings, after what looked liked Andrew’s chance to get back into the game.  The Tigers loaded the bases on a pair of hits and a walk with none out.  However, Vann buckled down, striking out the next 2 batters and inducing a harmless groundout to end the threat. 

After stalling for a few innings, the offense went back to work in the 7th, adding the final 2 runs, on a Caleb Lynn single, a Brandon Hill double, and fielder’s choice by Hughes to push the lead to 7-0.

Trent Simpson continued his incredible efforts as the Pirate closer, going 1-2-3 in the 9th with a pair of strikeouts to finish the Tigers off.

Game 2 was a “Johnny Wholestaff” game for Coach Thomas and company, as he sent 9 different pitchers to the mound in 9 different innings.

Runs were a premium and hard to come by for both teams.  After Brandon Sattenfield opened the game with a scoreless first, Andrew scratched for their first run off of Logan Haner in the second to go ahead 1-0.

The Pirates had runners on base in 7 of the 9 innings but failed to capitalize numerous times.

Meanwhile, JD Brown, Cole Baggett, Garrett Deloney, MJ Rookard, and Stewart Tyler all tossed shutout innings from the 3rd through the 7th to keep the game a one run affair.

The Pirates finally got on the board in the 6th, when Jay Meuse reached on a 1 out hit by pitch and later scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at one apiece.

Unfortunately, the lead was short lived, as Jacob Ozley gave a run right back with 2 hits and a walk in the 8th, but pitched out of a mess to keep the damage to a minimum.

Down 2-1 in the bottom of the 9th, the Pirate offense rallied to tie the game at 2, and dang near won it.  Kurt Ornowski reached to start the inning on a hit by pitch and advanced to second on Grey Norton’s sac bunt.  Tyler Davis smashed a ball up the middle that looked like a no doubt game tying single, but unfortunately, the ball hit the pitcher’s foot and TD was thrown out at 1st.  With 2 out and Ornowski at 3rd, he tied the game on a wild pitch to make it 2-2.  Nick Poskey singled and pinch runner, Tim Kennedy advanced to second.  Frank Wager then absolutely destroyed a fastball up the middle for a single, but the ball was hit so hard that the Tiger centerfielder got to the ball before Kennedy even reached third base and was thrown out trying to score in a bang bang play at the plate to preserve the 2-2 tie.

The Pirates will go back to scrimmage play next week and then head over to Barnesville, Georgia to face Gordon College in a Friday doubleheader.