This Pirate baseball tradition is in its 13th year, in which the winners of the Black & Blue Series eat steak, while the losing team enjoys hot dogs. However, for the first time in 13 years, the dinner was held off campus and not catered in from an outside restaurant. So, the Pirates simply had a fun dinner at Kenteska Farm, the country getaway owned by former Pirate and 20 year big leaguer, Tim Hudson. A smorgasbord of food, grilled by Coach Thomas, was enjoyed by all of the players and their significant others. Along with the fellowship and eating, the Pirates spent the day fishing in many of Hudson’s lakes, along with disposing of thousands of rounds of ammo at both the rifle range and a 5 station clay target course.
And, of course, the Black & Blue Dinner also serves as the Pirates’ fall awards banquet. This year, 15 baseball players were recognized in various award categories, with numerous others gaining recognition for weight room gains. Furthermore, former Pirates were recognized with awards being renamed for their past glory in a CVCC uniform.
WILL CAMPBELL BIG STICK AWARD – Isaac Phillips
This award goes to the offensive leader of the fall season. This fall, Isaac was, without question, the offensive catalyst for the Pirates.
CHASE BURKS STAFF AWARD – Sawyer Steele
This award recognizes the top pitcher of the fall season. The freshman righty, was literally the team leader in every major pitching category, leading the team in wins, ERA, Strikeouts, strikeout:walk ratio, and lowest opponents’ batting average.
JT THOMAS DEFENSIVE AWARD – Jayson Cook
This award honors the player that had the biggest impact defensively. Cookie was simply shutdown the defensive leader of the infield, dominating the routine play, while making plenty of SportsCenter highlight plays. He was and is the backbone of the Pirate defense.
JARED KAHN ACADEMIC AWARD – Carson Hughes
This award goes to the sophomore player possessing the team’s highest GPA. Carson has dominated the classroom in his 3 semesters of work, earning a 4.00 GPA thus far.
TOM RICHARDSON IRON PIRATE AWARD – Nick Poskey
This award recognizes the semester long individual challenge in the team’s daily CrossFit workouts. Points are earned based upon each players finish in each workout. Poskey was an absolute beast this fall, as he dominated the off season workouts, with the next closest competitor falling nearly 100 points behind. Along with his certificate, Nick earned an Iron Pirate t-shirt.
IRON PIRATE GAMES CHAMPS – Team Poskey
After a three week long battle, Team Poskey dominated the games from Day 1 to take the 2016 Iron Pirate Games. Team Poskey consisted of: Captain Nick Poskey, MJ Rookard, Brandon Hill, Jayson Cook, Parker Boyle, and Jack Copley.
IRON PIRATE GAMES PRIME TIME PERFORMER – AJ Willoughby
This award is a player voted award that went to the athlete that exhibited the greatest individual effort during the Iron Pirate Games. Willoughby literally put his team on his back and won nearly every event in which he competed. His efforts were heroic and selfless in nature while exhibiting extraordinary leadership.
IRON PIRATE BIG TIME LIFTERS
These awards go to those individuals who had the highest 1 rep max in each of our major lifts. Along with their certificate, they each earned an Iron Pirate t-shirt.
- Back Squat – MJ Rookard, 460 pounds
- Bench Press – Nick Poskey, 330 pounds
- Deadlift – Davis Schwartz, 550 pounds
- Shoulder Press – Nick Poskey, 245 pounds
- Power Clean – Jaylen Smith, 285 pounds
- Pullups – Brent Vallor, 40 unbroken reps
IRON PIRATE GAMES BIG TIME GAINERS
These awards go to those individuals who had the highest gains in each of our major lifts. Along with their certificate, they each earned an Iron Pirate t-shirt.
- Back Squat – MJ Rookard, +110 pounds
- Bench Press – Brent Vallor and Davis Schwartz, +100 pounds
- Deadlift – Davis Schwartz, +125 pounds
- Shoulder Press – Nick Poskey, +75 pounds
- Power Clean – Chris Bergmoser, +50 pounds
- Pullups – Casey Cobb, +23 reps
HOLLAND BROTHERS TOP NEWCOMER AWARD – Tyler Elkins
This award honors the first year athlete (either freshman or transfer) that had the biggest impact on the team. Transfer pitcher, Tyler Elkins, was that young man. Elkins became the Pirates shutdown closer, but also demonstrated his ability to start, as he had 2 fantastic outings in the Black and Blue Series as a starting pitcher.
DYLAN LEE MOST IMPROVED PLAYER AWARD – JD Brown and Kurt Ornowski
This award recognizes a second or third year athlete that has made the biggest improvement since arriving to CVCC. With Brown being a 3rd year sophomore coming into the fall of 2014 and Ornowski the fall of 2015, they both had not quite the 2016 season that either was hoping for, as Brown and Ornowski simply didn’t log many significant innings or at bats. However, oh how a summer and fall’s worth of work can change things. Both guys are right in the middle of contributing greatly on both sides of the ball this spring.
ALEX CABRAL HUSTLE AWARD – Jaylen Smith
Named in honor of former Pirate, Alex Cabral, this award honors the athlete that displays the most and consistent hustle and work ethic on and off the field, as well as in the weight room. Jaylen Smith exemplifies this award with his “never take a day off, never take a play off” mentality. This is evident by his play on both the practice field and during CrossFit workouts. Like Cabby, there is never any question as to whether Smith is going as hard as he can possibly go. Smith is a repeat winner of this award.
DAVID BUCHANAN DO IT RIGHT AWARD – Coleman Barbee
This award goes to the athlete that does exactly what the award says – Does it Right. Barbee is the epitome of detailed oriented and performs every drill, exercise, workout, and task exactly as prescribed to his fullest capabilities and with the utmost intensity.
TY McTIER COACHES’ AWARDS – Brent Vallor, Alex Graulich, Nick Poskey
This award was created for, and named in honor of, former Pirate, Ty McTier. This award recognizes the consumate team player, leadership by example, work ethic, winning attitude, unselfishness, good citizenship, and character development over the course of their careers. These four young men mirror these qualities in a manner of which Ty McTier represented CVCC Baseball.
JAKE MAZIAR TEAMMATE AWARD – Carson Hughes
This is a brand new award for the fall of 2016. This award recognizes the player that best demonstrates the characteristics of former Pirate catcher, Jake Maziar, and his attributes of the best teammate to wear a Pirate uniform. This represents the young man who is selfless in his play, work, practice, and giving of himself. He simply puts the team and everyone else above his own personal gain. Jake was the epitome of this award, while Carson Hughes has demonstrated these characteristics to a T.
GRAYSON IVEY DIRTY PIRATE AWARD – AJ Willoughby
This award was the original award created by Coach Thomas back in 2002 for the fall season’s most outstanding player. The phrase Dirty Pirate probably does not do the award justice, as it certainly has a seemingly negative conotation. However, the phrase “Dirty Pirate” comes with a badge of honor, as at the turn of the 21st century, as the CVCC Baseball began making its run toward ACCC prominence, opposing teams referred to CVCC as the “Dirty Pirates”, recognizing the tougness, grit, and exceptional work ethic that the Pirate baseball team displayed during its contests. Hence, the Dirty Pirate Award was born. The award has developed and evolved through the years, though, as the present day award recipient must display the following qualities and characteristics: toughness, work ethic, academics, hustle, good defender, one of best hitters or pitchers on team, leadership, high character, the ability and willingness to things the right way, and coachability. In essance, this award is the consumate award for which a CVCC Baseball Player may be honored. It is all encompassing of all of the above mentioned awards and henceforth, will be named in honor of former Pirate, Grayson Ivey. AJ Willoughby represents the Dirty Pirate mentality as well as anyone that has worn a Pirate uniform.