The Pirates of the Chattahoochee came in needing a series sweep to clinch the ACCC Southern Division and a series win to put them in prime position for a final weekend title clinching series. However, once the dust settled, CVCC ended the weekend in the exact same position as they started, as the Govs and Swashbucklers split the 4 game set.
Game 1 was a pitching duel for the ages, as Pirate and Gov aces, Casey Cobb and Phillip Selei matched up in one of the best games of the season. Cobb and Selei took shutouts into the 6th inning, as the Gov starter carried a perfect game into the 5th, while Cobb allowed only 2 hits and a walk through 5.
Wallace got on the board first with a 2 out single to put the Govs up 1-0 in the 6th. However, the offense immediately responded but was unable to capitalize. AJ Willoughby and Isaac Phillips singled to start the 6th, but a failed but attempt left CV with 1 out and men on 1st and 2nd. However, John Devine singled but was unable to score Willoughby from 2nd. The threat ended however, with an inning ending double play to preserve the 1-0 lead for Dothan.
With Cobb going the distance and allowing no more damage, the offense was unable to threaten in the 7th and took a series opening 1-0 defeat.
Game 2 was complete domination by starter Cole Ganopulos. After surrendering a 1st inning run, Ganop went into shutdown mode until he handed the ball over to Sawyer Steele.
CV knotted the game at 1 apiece in the 3rd, as Jayson Cook doubled to start the inning and a huge 2 out single by Jon Foster plated Cookie for the 1-1 tie.
The Pirates took the lead for good in the 4th with back to back to back basehits by Jack Copley, Isaac Phillips, and Cook to give Ganopulos a 2-1 lead.
The insurance man came aknockin’ in the 5th and 6th, as Foster blasted a 2 run homer in the 5th and John Devine delivered a big 2 out RBI single to push the lead to 5-1.
With 2 outs in the 6th, Steele came on in relief of Ganop and struck out the final out of the 6th and went 1-2-3 in the 7th with 2 more punchouts to gain the split for Chatt in a 5-1 win.
Game 3 took the Pirates to Dothan and things started well as Jaylen Smith smashed a an absolute bomb to give CV an early 1-0 lead. Unfortunately, starter Zach Cable was lifted after 5 batters with an elbow injury, but not before the Governors put 4 runs on the board.
However, the CV offense responded immediately, adding a single run in the 2nd to cut the lead to 4-2, as MJ Rookard delivered a 2 out run scoring single.
Tyler Elkins tossed a 1-2-3 2nd, but Wallace added 2 more runs in the 3rd on 3 hits to extend the lead to 6-2, while pushing another across in the 4th to make it 7-2. The offense kept fighting, as Foster smashed his 2nd homer of the series, a 3 run shot, to get back in the game at 7-5. Parker Boyle tossed a scoreless 5th to keep the score there, but unfortunately, the Govs added 4 runs in the 6th to put the game away in an 11-5 win.
In a must win game, the Pirates turned to Hayden Siniard for the the game 4 start, and he gave the Pirates just what they needed tossing 3 innings of 2 run baseball and was perfect through 2+ innings.
The Pirate offense took things into their own hands, scoring 3 runs in the 3rd, as Jaylen Smith smashed his first homer of the game to give CV a 2-0 lead. Tre Kirklin later singled to push the Pirate lead to 3-0.
After the Govs posted 2 in the 3rd to make it a 1 run game, Jaylen Smith and Jon Foster went back to back Jacks to extend the lead to 5-2 with Charles Crosby taking over on the mound.
With the offense continuing to roll, CVCC added 3 more in the 5th on a lead off double by Kirklin, followed by RBI singles by Rookard and Cook and Smith to extend the lead to 8-2
Crosby gave Chatt 3 scoreless innings until he tired in the 6th, allowing a one out walk and back to back hits as the Govs scored 3 in the inning to make it a 3 run game.
Garrett Fowler and Sawyer Steele ended the threat to keep the score 8-5, good guys.
After an insurance inning in the 7th, the Pirates added 3 more runs with AJ Willoughby’s 2 run single being the big blow and Jack Copley put things away with a 2 out single scoring Willoughby.
Up 11-5, Steele tossed a clean 7th with a punchout to preserve the 11-5 Pirate win and salvage the split with the Governors.
The Pirates head into the final weekend in first place in the South with a 42-10 and 22-6 record. They will travel to Faulkner State for a 1:00 pm eastern start on Friday and will wrap up the regular season at Columbus State University on Saturday with a 2:00 pm start.