2016 FALL RECAP: Pirates Earn Split vs. CACC, Young Pitching Continues to Shine

The Pirates headed to Carrollton, Georgia on the campus of the University of West Georgia to play Central Alabama for what seems like the 20th time of the fall.  Although the two teams split the double header, the young Pirate pitching staff, once again, took center stage in overpowering the Trojan hitters.

Game 1 proved to be very little offense on either end, and ultimately, poor infield defense that proved costly for the Pirates.

JD Brown earned the start for CVCC and was brilliant in his 3 innings of work, as he allowed only a single unearned run, while surrendering 3 hits and collecting a pair of strikeouts.

The Pirate offense struck first, as Tre Kirklin led the game with a HBP and eventually stole 3rd to give way to Zach Cable’s sac fly to give Chatt Valley an early 1-0 lead.

Brown’s unearned run in the third allowed CACC to tie the game at 1 before giving way to Stew Tyler for a dominant 4th inning that included 2 strikeouts.  With Charles Crosby making his first live appearance of the fall, the Pirates allowed their first earned run in nearly 2 games and only the 6th in the past 42 innings pitched. 

Down 2-1, the Pirates came right back and knotted the score on Johnny Devine’s sac fly to centerfield.

After Alex Graulich tossed a shut down 1-2-3 6th inning, 2 more infield errors, one on an errant pickoff, led to 2 more Trojan unearned runs to give them a 4-2 lead.  The Pirates went quietly in their half of the 7th in taking the 4-2 loss.

Game 2 was a completely dominant effort on behalf of the Pirates, as Coach Thomas used 7 pitchers, one in each inning, to stymie the CACC offense.  With Casey Cobb surrendering the only run of the game in the first on back to back 2 out basehits, the Trojans did not threaten during the final 6 innings as the Pirate offense came to life.

CVCC immediately tied it in the 2nd inning on an RBI single by Isaac Phillips.  With Carson Hicks, Chandler Newman, Parker Boyle, Garrett Fowler, Sawyer Steele, and Tyler Elkins combining for the next 6 shutout innings, they allowed only 5 hits with 6 punchouts and and one time sat down 9 consecutive Trojan hitters.

With the score tied at 1, the Pirates opened up the offense in the 6th, scoring 2 runs as 7 consecutive hitters reached base.  What would have been an offensive explosion was nullified by 2 pickoffs at first base.

Chatt Valley added 3 insurance runs in the 7th, keyed by a lead off double by Caleb Lynn, an RBI single by Jayson Cook, Brandon Hill’s sac fly and Carson Hughes RBI single to extend the lead and the final to 6-1, Pirates.

The Pirates would run their record to 7-2-2 on the season and head into the next week to face Columbus State University in their annual slugfest at Ragsdale Field.