Pirates Take Huge Series From LBW Behind Stellar Pitching

After a late inning comeback win on Tuesday at Central Alabama, the Pirates went back into conference play, taking on LB Wallace in a huge matchup of teams vying for the ACCC Southern Division title.

The home away from home Pirates welcomed the Saints to their new home at Golden Park and CV did not disappoint.  Pirate ace, Casey Cobb, tossed another gem but picked up a no decision in his 5+ innings of work.  Cobb lowered his league leading ERA allowing 2 unearned runs on 6 hits and piled up 7 more strikeouts along the way.

CVCC jumped on top in the 1st, as Tre Kirklin scored on a Jaylen Smith double to give Cobb the early 1-0 lead.  However, LBW tied the game at 1 in the 3rd when a leadoff walk scored on a passed ball.

The game went into shutdown mode for the next couple of innings before the Saints temporarily snatched the lead away, as a 2 out error cost Cobb the go ahead run.  Fortunately, the Chatt offense responded immediately as they loaded the bases with no outs on a Johnny Devine single and a pair of walks to Kirklin and Smith.  Jon Jon Foster delivered a one out single to tie the game at 2-2.

Bullpen stud, Sawyer Steele, came in relief of Cobb and shut down a 6th inning LBW threat, keeping the Saints off the board as the offense stayed alive in the bottom half scoring the go ahead runs on Isaac Phillips double and a Devine sac fly to give CV a 4-2 lead.

With no drama, Steele shut the Saints down 1-2-3 in the 7th to secure the game 1 win.

Game 2 saw another dominant pitching performance, this time from lefty Cole Ganopulos, who tossed the first complete game of his career.  In 7 complete, Ganop scattered 8 hits and struck out 5 in his gem.

The Pirates wasted no time in giving Ganopulos the lead, as the put 3 runs on the board in the first, as Kurt Ornowski doubled, Carson Hughes was hit by a pitch and Jon Jon Foster launched a rocket over the left field wall on to Victory Drive for the 3-0 Pirate lead.

While Ganop shoved, the offense scored often adding 2 more in the 3rd on AJ Willoughby’s 2 run single and another run in the 4th on an Ornowski RBI groundout.

Up 6-0, the Pirates added insurance in the 6th when Isaac Phillips, Jayson Cook, John Devine and Ornowski all walked consecutively.  After a double play, CVCC led 8-0 while Ganopulos finished things off in the 7th for the home sweep of the Saints.

Game 3 in Andalusia was not a pretty sight for the good guys.  Things looked good early as CVCC jumped out to a 2-0 lead and looked to pick up where they left off.  MJ Rookard delivered an RBI single and AJ Willoughby drove in a run on a sac fly.

With starter Charles Crosby cruising through 3 innings, the Saints went on a hitting spree in the 4th, tagging the staff for 6 hits and 5 runs in the inning.

Reliever Pierce Smith didn’t fair much better, as they added 5 more runs in the next 2 frames, with the back breaker coming on a 2 out, 3 run homer.

The Pirates never really threatened again and took a 10-2 loss going into game 4.

Game 4 was a season long surprise waiting to happen, as former catcher, Zach Cable made his first appearance on the mound as a starter.  Cable was magnificent for 4 1/3 innings, keeping the Saints off of the board with an overpowering fastball and sharp slider.

CVCC would get all of the runs they would need in the top of the 1st inning, as Devine doubled to lead off the game and advanced to 3rd on a Willoughby groundout.  Jaylen Smith reached on a fielders choice scoring Devine.  After Fuzzy Furr walked, Jon Foster launched his second scud missile of the series for a 3 run homer to give Cable a 4-0 lead that he and the bullpen would not surrender..

After Cable tired a bit with one out in the 5th as the Saints loaded the bases, JD “one man wonder” Brown did the American thing and struck out the # 3 hitter looking, and Tyler Elkins finished the inning with a pop up to first base.

The offense instantly responded to give Elkins some insurance, as Devine hit yet another double and scored on Jaylen Smith’s sac fly.

Up 5-0, Elkins went the rest of the way in shutting out the Saints and securing the game and series win for the Pirates.

The Pirate win put them at 20-4 in conference play, heading into a Monday double header with Point University before a much needed bye week.