In a last minute addition to the fall schedule, Chattahoochee Valley scooted over to Montgomery for a single 9 inning game at AUM against, yet again, the Trojans from Central Alabama. Armed with only an 18 man travel roster, the Pirates used 9 pitchers in a 11-2 win to wrap the outside competition portion of the fall scrimmage schedule.The Pirates jumped out to a quick 1-0 led, as Isaac Phillips doubled to lead off the first and later scored on AJ Willoughby’s sacrifice fly. Charles Crosby got the start for the Pirates in their “Johnny Wholestaff” approach to the game. Making his second appearance of the fall, he was solid with good velocity, allowing a single run on 2 hits, as CACC knotted the score at one.
CVCC methodically added to their lead all day, adding a single run in the second on Caleb Lynn’s solo homer and another run in the 3rd, as Phillips plated Tre Kirklin to give the Pirates a 3-1 lead.
The Pirates, for all practical purposes, put the game away in the 4th, with a 3 run outburst, led by Carson Hughes’ lead off homer. With Jaylen Smith and Zack Cable both reaching base after Hughes’ blast, Johnny Devine and Jayson Cook delivered back to back RBI singles to extend the lead to 6-1.
As has been the case all fall, the pitching was dominant, as Carson Hicks, Chandler Newman, and JD Brown threw the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, respectively, and all hung zeroes on the scoreboard.
The Trojans final threat came in the 5th, as a lead off double eventually scored on an RBI groundout to close the gap to 6-2.
However, after a 2 inning scoring hiatus, Chatt Valley jumped back on the offensive bandwagon in the 7th with Phillips’ third hit of the day that drove home Devine and Cook to push the score to 8-2.
Meanwhile, Stewart Tyler, Sawyer Steele, Pierce Smith, and Tyler Elkins put the wraps on the Trojan offense, holding them scoreless with only one hit over the final 4 frames. And just for insurance, Chatt Valley added their 9th, 10th and 11th runs of the day in the 8th inning, as Devine and Cookie came through once again with run scoring basehits.
With the fall season of outside competition under wraps, the Pirates finished their scrimmage campaign with a 9-3-2 record. With the fall coming to an end, the Pirates set their sites on their annual Black and Blue World Series back at The Lake.