Pirate Catch Up: Chatt Valley Rallies in Game 4 to Complete Sweep of Jeff Davis

After bouncing back with a series win over Alabama Southern, the Pirates then faced the Warhawks of Jeff Davis.  After 2 convincing wins at The Lake, the Pirates then went on the road for a tough game 3 win, followed by a last inning comeback and extra inning win to secure a 4 game sweep over Jeff Davis.

In Game 1 it was that man again, Casey Cobb, as he tossed another near no hitter, continuing lower his league leading ERA, in a 5 inning complete game effort.  He allowed only 4 hits and struck out 7 Warhawks.

CVCC wasted no time giving Cobb all of the runs he would need, as Jaylen Smith smashed a 2 out double in the first and later scored on a passed ball to give Cobb and Company a 3-0 lead.  In the 2nd, Johnny Devine lead off with a single, stole second and scored on Jon Jon Foster’s sacrifice fly to pad the lead at 4-0.  Adding a single run in the 3rd, Devine contributed an RBI double to continue the lead extension.

Ahead 5-0 with Cobb cruising, the Pirates exploded in the 4th with a 7 run inning, while sending 13 batters to the plate.  Aided by 9 free passes, Smith added another 2 run double to highlight the scoring.

At 12-0, it was simply a matter of Casey Cobb doing Casey Cobb things in finishing of the mercy ruled series opening win.

Game 2 was much of the same, as CV jumped on top in the first inning with a Brandon Hill run scoring single and later scored on a passed ball to give starter, Cole Ganopulos, a 2-0 lead.

The Warhawks responded in the second frame with a 2 out double to cut the lead to 2-1.  However, that’s all the lefty would allow the rest of the day, as Ganop settled in and tossed 5 complete innings, scattering 5 hits, and adding 5 more strikeouts to his season total.

The Pirates then began getting the insurance man knocking as they methodically added runs in the 3rd, 4th, and 6th innings to put the game away. 

In the 3rd, Smith continued his hot hitting with an RBI single, while in the 4th, Chatt Valley added 3 more runs, with Johnny Devine and Brandon Hill doing the damage with run scoring basehits to push the lead to 6-1.

JD Brown relieved Ganopulos in the 6th and put a zero on the board while collecting a punchout, before giving way to more Pirate offense, as they added 2 more runs in the bottom half on yet another Devine RBI hit and a Brandon Hill sac fly.  Up 8-1, Sawyer Steele tossed a scoreless 7th to preserve the homestand sweep of JDCC.

Game 3 was a bit tighter but saw the return of starter Charles Crosby who tossed 5 beautiful innings.  Crosby’s only damage was a leadoff solo homer in the 5th, as he allowed only 4 hits on the day and collecting 5 punchouts of his own.

Again, it was the Pirates striking first after 2 stalemate innings between the two opponents.  After loading the bases with 3 consecutive hits by Fuzzy Furr, Isaac Phillips, and Jayson Cook, Devine delivered a 2 run single with Hill adding a sacrifice fly to give Chatt a 3-0 lead.

The Pirates would extend their lead to 5-0 in the 5th, again on 3 consecutive singles, this time by Phillips, Cook and once again, John Devine.

After the solo homer by JD to cut the lead to 5-1, Crosby’s day was over after a spectacular 5 innings of work.  Pierce Smith came in relief in the 6th, but allowed a run as the Warhawks got in striking distance at 5-2.

The offense then responded with yet another Devine RBI, as he doubled in Phillips who reached on a walk to start the inning in the top of the 7th.

Parker Boyle came on to close things out, and after a leadoff single, recorded to quick outs.  However, 2 basehits later he was pulled in favor of Tyler Elkins who promptly induced a harmless ground ball to second base to preserve the series win, 6-3 in favor of the good guys.

Game 4 was finally a turnaround from previous series, as the Pirates fell behind 4-1 early but managed a late inning rally that led to an extra inning win.

The Pirates jumped on top 1-0 in the 2nd on Jayson Cook’s 2 out single, but the Warhawks plated 4 runs on a grand slam that should have never happened, as a botched double play ball on the previous batter extended the inning.

Starter Carson Hicks finished the 3rd, but was relieved by Sawyer Steele in the 4th and kept the game within reach, allowing only a single run in the 5th.

Meanwhile, the Pirates chipped away at the lead scoring a single run in the 5th on Kurt Ornowski’s RBI groundout.

With Jeff Davis clinging to a 5-2 lead heading down to the Pirates final 3 outs, the Swashbucklers made their run.  Isaac Phillips walked to lead off the inning, with AJ Willoughby singling behind him.  Cook’s RBI single plated Phillips while Devine’s sac fly pulled the Pirates with 1 with runners at 2nd and 3rd with only 1 out.  Tre Kirklin came off the bench to deliver the game tying single to force extra frames, with the score knotted at 5 apiece.

After Hayden Siniard tossed a scoreless 8th, Tyler Elkins came on to stymie the Warhawk offense to give the Pirates the opportunity to take the lead.

In the top of the 9th, Jayson Cook led off with a double and advanced to 3rd on Devine’s sacrifice bunt and then later scored on a wild pitch.  With a 6-5 lead, Elkins made quick work of JD with a 1-2-3 9th inning with an emphatic strikeout to end the game and complete the sweep of the Warhawks.