Opening the fall practice season, the pitching staff was supposed to be the biggest question mark of the Pirate club. Talent was not a question with quality arms all over the yard. The biggest question was experience and how true freshmen, returning sophomores, and transfers would handle being thrust into the limelight. After 3 weeks of outside competition, that question mark has started showing itself as a strength.
The Pirates faced off against Lawson State for the 3rd time in 3 weeks and a complete shutdown of the Cougar offense is what the CV Staff produced, as 6 Pirate arms saw the mound.
Big Carson Hicks gave the Pirates 2 quality innings, allowing only a hit, while striking out 2 batters. In the meantime, the offense put single runs on the board in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th innings, with an RBI single by Jay Meuse, and RBI double by Kurt Ornowski, and an RBI single by Charles Crosby to give CV all of the runs they would need for a 3-0 lead.
Sawyer Steele, Chandler Newman, and Coleman Barbee tossed cleaned innings, combining for 4 strikeouts, allowing only a single, while Alex Graulich pitched the 6th and wiggled out of a jam with a huge double play.
Tyler Elkins came on to close things out and it got dicey, as he allowed a run and had the game tying runs on base, but induced a 5U-3 double play to end the game with a 3-1 win for Chatt Valley.
Game 2 saw the Pirates take on old foe, Central Alabama. The resurgent Trojans gave CV all they wanted, as the plated 4 runs on starter Parker Boyle through 3 innings. The Pirates closed the gap to 4-3 in the 3rd on a big 2 out single by AJ Willoughby that plated 2 runs.
The staff went into complete shutdown mode from there, as Pierce Smith, Stewart Tyler, and JD Brown put zeroes on the board over the next three innings while the Pirate hitters took control of the game.
Chatt Valley took the lead for good in the 4th, as Caleb Lynn doubled to lead things off. The 2 big blows in the inning came with 2 outs, as Zach Cable and Ornowski both delivered 2 out RBI basehits to extend the lead to 6-4.
Casey Cobb came on in the 7th to close things out, but quickly loaded the bases, thanks to an error, a basehit, and a hit by pitch. However, Cobb promptly struckout 2 of the next three batters before inducing a harmless popup to end the game in a 6-5 triumph for the Pirates.
Now 4-1-1 on the fall, CVCC would play host to Gordon State the following weekend.