With the pre-conference slate over, the Pirates turned their eyes to ACCC Southern Division play, as they opened with a 4 game showdown with the Boll Weevils of Enterprise State. With two tight games and two blowouts, Chatt Valley finished the weekend 4-0 and in first place in the ACCC South.
Game 1 was pure domination by starter Chase Burks. Burks tossed a complete game, 3 hitter, allowing a single unearned run with 6 K’s and no walks. When offense was at a premium for Chatt Valley, Burks was an out tossing machine in the 3-1 win.
With not much doing on either side, the Pirate offense finally broke through in the 3rd, when Will Campbell delivered a clutch 2 out, 2 run single to give Burks all the runs he would need.
Adding an insurance run that turned out to be crucial, Campbell delivered, once again, this time in the 5th, with a two double that scored Brandon Hill.
Enterprise attempted to rally in the 7th, however, Burks emphatically ended the threat with 2 punchouts to preserve the 3-1 win.
Game 2 saw another overpowering pitching performance; this time by Jordan Lee. With a tight strike zone, the Boll Weevils loaded the bases with one out in the first inning. However, a punchout and 2 nice plays by JLee ended the threat.
From there, the offense went to work, putting 3 on the board in the bottom of the first, with 4 hits in the inning, as Campbell drove in 2 more, while Trent Simpson hammered in the third run.
With JLee dealing, the offense put 2 more on the board in the 3rd, as JT Thomas doubled and Simpson smashed a 2 run homer through the wind to put the Pirates up 5-0.
Meanwhile, Lee continued to bowl over the Boll Weevils, before surrendering his only run in the 5th, as ESCC scratched for a 2 out RBI single, to make it a 5-1 game.
Christian Vann came in relief of Lee and tossed a perfect 6th, that included a strikeout. From there the offense re-awoke and put a 6 spot on the board to end the game in mercy rule fashion. With a handful of walks, Jaylen Smith and Thomas added hits in the inning, with the big blow coming from a hot Treeeeeeeent Simpson bat, as he hammered a 2 run double. Once the smoke cleared, the offense left ESCC on the field in an 11-1 home sweep.
On Saturday, CVCC traveled to Enterprise, and once again, dominant pitching was the theme, as Chase Adkins returned from his 2 week sickness to throw a beautiful 6 1/3 innings of baseball, before questionable calls and a defensive miscue marred a fantastic effort.
With runs at a premium, CV clung to a 2-0 lead all game, as Brandon Hill delivered a 2 run single in the 3rd that stood with only 2 outs to go in the game. However, the Boll Weevils scored a pair of unearned runs in the 7th to force extra innings as Christian Vann and Trent Simpson put out the fire.
In the top of the 8th, JT Thomas started things with a lead off double, with Jay Meuse reaching on a failed fielders choice. With a wild pitch scoring Thomas, Jaylen Smith and Carson Hughes put the nail in the coffin with run scoring singles to give CV a 5-2 lead, as Simpson went 1-2-3 in the bottom half to secure the series win.
Game 4 saw Stew Tyler make his first CVCC start. After the Pirates popped for 5 in the first on a 2 run homer by Hill, and an RBI single by Simpson.
With some nerves affecting Tyler, he surrendered 2 in the first, with the base on balls mainly the issue. However, he relaxed and tossed 3 innings of solid baseball, before turning the ball over to Logan Haner in a 5-3 game. With Haner shutting it down, the offense popped for 3 runs in the 6th, as Smith, Hughes, Campbell and Thomas contributed to a 3 run outburst to push the lead to 8-3.
Not quite finished, CV pounded out 5 more runs in the 7th, thanks to a bases clearing double by Hill and a screaming 2 run homer by Campbell to extend the lead to 13-3.
Cody Harrison came on in the bottom half and tossed a 1-2-3 frame with 2 K’s to punctuate the sweep.
The 14-6 (4-0) Pirates will play host to Wallace-Dothan on Thursday at 1:00 pm for the next ACCC South series.