With the ACCC Southern Division schedule kicking off on Thursday, the Pirates wrapped up February and March with a 10-2 record, while trouncing GJCAA foes ABAC and West Georgia Tech by a combined score of 34-4.
On Friday, the Pirates put on an absolute laser show in Tifton, Georgia as the Pirates took on old rival, ABAC. Right from the outset, the Pirates began scoring, as JT Thomas launched his first of three homers to put the Pirates up 3-0 in the top of the first inning.
With the hit parade continuing, the Pirates added 5 more in the second inning, as Thomas hammered another 3 run homer. After Brandon Hill and Will Campbell went back to back jacks in the 5th, Thomas turned the trick once more, this time a 2 run job to mark the first 3 homerun game since Tyler Googe did it in 2010 at Wallace-Dothan.
With the lead large and the Pirates pounding out 28 hits on the day, what was just as impressive was the 7 inning outing by starter Chase Burks. Scattering 5 hits, Burks was pinpoint accurate on his way to a 9 strikeout, 0 walk day in the win. Once it was over, the Pirates had one of their largest margins of victory in school history in the 24-0 win over the Stallions.
On Monday, the Pirates traveled to Carrollton, GA to face West Georgia Tech in the final pre-conference game of the year. The Pirates used 10 pitchers in 9 innings en route to a 10-4 win over the Golden Knights.
The base on balls was the theme as the CVCC hitters were issued 14 free passes on the day, with 5 in the first inning as Chatt Valley took an early 4-0 lead. With Logan Haner and Christian Vann going six up and six down, the base on ball came back to haunt the Pirates in the third, as Jelani Clarington struggled to find the strike zone. After issuing 3 free passes, he was lifted for JD Brown, who walked in a run before allowing a 2 run double to cut the lead to 4-3.
The Pirates answered with a run in the 4th on, you guessed it, a bases loaded walk to Will Campbell. CV put the game away with 5 runs in the 6th and 7th on RBI doubles by Campbell and Brandon Hill and a run scoring single by JT Thomas. With Stew Tyler, Jordan Lee, Garrett Deloney, Cody Harrison, Jacob Ozley and Trent Simpson finishing things off on the mound, the Pirates found themselves on the right end of a 10-4 win.
The Pirates finish the pre-season at 10-6 and play host to Enterprise State on Thursday for a 1:00 pm eastern conference double header.