On homecoming Saturday, Chattahoochee Valley brought out the Gold Uniforms for the first time in 2016, and after a stressful start to the game, settled down and ran roughshod over the Stallions of Abraham Baldwin in an 8-2 dominating victory.
Pirate ace, Chase Adkins, took the mound still in search for his first Pirate victory, after a barrage of no decisions in which he left the game with leads. ABAC came out swinging, posting 4 hits in the first inning to claim an early 2-0 lead, while the Pirate offense had no success in the early goings of the contest.
Adkins settled in, allowed only 3 more hits, and went 10 up, 10 down to finish his 7 inning effort. After allowing 7 hits through the first 4 innings, Chase was perfect down the stretch once the Pirates gave him the lead. On the day, Adkins recorded 7 K’s and surrendered his first walk of the season.
The second time through the Pirate lineup was a tale of two games, as the offense erupted on a hit parade to post 4 runs and a CVCC lead they would not relinquish. Nolan Greckel got things going with a lead off single. A one out walk to AJ Willoughby preceded an RBI double by Will Campbell and an RBI ground out by Brandon Hill to tie the game at 2 apiece. However, the big blow came from a mammoth homerun to dead center field off of the bat of Carson Hughes to give the Adkins and the Pirates a 4-2 lead.
Not quite done, the offense went back to work in the 5th, eventually chasing the Stallion starter, as MJ Rookard and Willoughby both had back to back RBI basehits to extend the lead to 6-2.
With Adkins finishing his day after 7 complete, the Pirate hitters gave him 2 more insurance runs to ensure his first CVCC win, as a 2 out double by Hill and a 2 run single by Hughes completed the scoring at 8-2.
On came Chase Burks to shut the door in the 8th, as he continued the perfect effort down the stretch with a 1-2-3 inning, including 2 punchouts.
Trent Simpson continued his dominant relief efforts, as he followed suit in the 9th, going 3 up, 3 down, with an emphatic K to end the game for another Pirate win.
The fifth ranked Pirates are now 6-4 on the year, and are scheduled to play host to Chipola College on Wednesday for a 2:00 eastern first pitch.