After a solid effort in a 5-3 win against Central Alabama, the Pirates played 4 more games in a 3 day span, as the hosted Southern Union, Point University and wrapped things up for a Saturday trip to Andrew College. When the week was over, Chatt Valley had collected 4 wins, with one suspended game tied in the 14th, due to darkness.
Wednesday’s battle against Southern Union was as expected – A Battle. With Chase Adkins toeing the rubber in search of his first win, runs were hard to come by for both teams. With Southern Union striking first on a pair of errors, the Pirates quickly responded with a game tying RBI groundout by Nolan Greckel.
Again, the Bison took a brief lead with some two out damage, going ahead 3-1 in the 5th. However, the Pirate offense answered immediately on Jayson Cook’s 2 out single to cut the deficit to 3-2, and then tied it in the 6th on Jaylen Smith’s RBI double.
Tied 3-3 in the 7th, the Pirates finally took the lead on Brandon Hill’s RBI single to give CVCC a 4-3 lead. With 2 out in the 9th and a runner on, the win seemed automatic, as Trent Simpson was dealing. With a routine groundball and a throw to first away from a win, the throw short hopped the first baseman and the tying run scored for Southern Union.
After 4 more scoreless innings by both clubs, darkness eventually took over and the game was halted, heading into the top of the 14th. The game will likely be completed when the Pirates travel to Wadley later in the season.
On Thursday, the Pirates hosted Point University and wasted no time getting on the board, as they plated 6 runs in the bottom of the first to give starter, Garrett Deloney all of the run support he would need. On the day, Deloney tossed 5 complete innings, allowing 1 run on 4 hits, while striking out 3.
Meanwhile, the Pirate offense went somewhat quiet the rest of the way, posting only 2 more runs. The popped for one in the 3rd and another in the 4th on a laser beam Will Campbell homer.
Up 8-1, Point rallied for 2 more runs in the 6th, but the damage was quickly halted by reliever JD Brown, while Cody Harrison took care of business in the 7th to close things out for an 8-3 win.
Game 2 saw freshman Jelani Clarington making his college debut, and what a debut it was! In 4 innings, Clarington allowed only 1 hit and 2 walks while striking out 8 batters, K’ing the side twice.
Again, the offense went to work early, scoring 5 in the first, with Caleb Lynn’s bases clearing double being the big blow. Campbell added his second homer of the day in the second to extend the lead to 6-0.
An AJ Willoughby single in the 4th and a Tim Kennedy RBI groundout in the 5th pushed the lead to 8-0, as Jacob Ozley and MJ Rookard put up zeroes in the 5th in the 6th for the Pirates.
In 10 run walk off fashion, the Pirates added the final 2 runs on a Tanner Davis single, as CVCC finished off the sweep with a 10-0 win.
The Pirates traveled to Andrew College on Saturday, as Chase Burks made his first appearance of the 2016 campaign, coming off a sprained ankle in the off season. Burks showed a 90 mph fastball in his first outing and tossed 4 complete, allowing only 2 earned runs, and punching out 4 Tigers.
The Pirates went up 1-0 in the second on a Jaylen Smith groundout. However, Andrew responded with 3 runs (none earned) in the 3rd to take a short lived lead. CVCC responded with authority, putting an 8 spot up to silence the hometown crowd.
Sending 13 batters to the plate, AJ Willoughby’s 3 run homer highlighted the inning, along with RBI singles by Frank Wager and Nolan Greckel to put CV up 9-3.
Andrew would not lay down, as they put 2 more runs on the board in the 3rd, to cut the lead to 9-5.
With the offenses slowing down for both teams for a few innings, Christian Vann did his part in relief, tossing 3 innings of shutout baseball.
The Pirate offense came back to life in the 6th, as MJ Rookard hit a mammoth 3 run, pinch hit homer to essentially seal the game for CV.
Up 12-5, the Pirates were not done, as Will Campbell homered for the 3rd time in as many games to push the lead to 8 runs.
With Logan Haner doing work on the mound late, the Pirates and Tigers swapped runs to put a lid on a 14-6 Pirate win.
The 4-4 Pirates will travel to Faulkner University on Wednesday, February 17th for a 2:00 pm eastern time game.