In one of the few remaining midweek non-conference games of the year, the Pirates traveled to Alexander City to take on familiar foe, Central Alabama. After falling behind 6-1, Chatt Valley continued their persevering ways in a come from behind 8-6 win, behind the work of stellar bullpen action and a potent offense.
Hayden Siniard made his first collegiate start for the Pirates and tossed 3 shutout innings in his Pirate debut, allowing 2 hits with 1 strikeout in a solid effort.
In a scoreless game through 4 frames, Chatt Valley jumped out on top 1-0 in the top of the 5th inning, when John Devine scored on a 1st and 3rd double steal.
Unfortunately, the defense fell apart for reliever Garrett Fowler who was absolutely dealing in his 2 innings of work. Three infield errors cost Fowler 3 unearned runs and Chattahoochee Valley the lead.
Down 3-1, fireballer, Chandler Newman came on in the 6th, and again, poor defense resulted in 3 unearned runs despite a solid effort by Newman.
However, that was all the Trojans would get and the Pirates began to mount their comeback in the 7th on Jack Copley’s RBI groundout to score MJ Rookard and John Devine hammered a solo homer to pull the Pirates within 6-3.
Chatt kept a comin’ in the 8th adding one more run on Jon Jon Foster’s RBI double to cut the deficit to 6-4.
With Zach Cable and Stew Tyler throwing zeroes on the board, striking out 5 of the 6 batters they faced, the offense arose for their final stand, as Copley led off the 9th with a walk and Tre Kirklin was hit by a pitch with one out. Jaylen Smith singled to load the bases and pinch hitter, Isaac Phillips drew the bases loaded walk to put the tying and go ahead runs in scoring position.
Down 6-5, Carson Hughes singled in the tying run and Foster was hit by a pitch to drive in the go ahead run and AJ Willoughby finished off the scoring with a sac fly to give the comeback kids an 8-6 lead.
Soy Steele came on in the 9th and was absolutely shutdown, striking out the side to preserve the win against the home standing Trojans.