By Jason Brassell
Going into the week, the CVCC baseball series against Lurleen B. Wallace had the promise of being an interesting series. The Pirates were coming off of a strong series split with the top team in the region, Wallace-Dothan, and the Saints were coming in with a five game win streak. The fun began before the first pitch of the first game, as Lurleen B. Wallace couldn’t make their scheduled trip to Phenix City last Thursday due to bus problems. The home-and-home series was instead switched, as the Pirates traveled to Andalusia first.
Game 1 started exactly how CVCC head coach Hunter Vick liked as the Pirates put up five runs in the top of the first inning. They put up three more runs in the top of the third and took an 8-3 lead going into the fourth inning. It looked like the rout was on until Wallace scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a one run lead. The Saints scored three more runs after the fourth, with CVCC only scoring one more run, as Wallace won the game by a score of 12-9.
JoJo Odachowski was 3-for-4 in the game, while Davis Schwartz had two hits in four at bats. Schwartz also scored a run and had an RBI. Jack Lipson was 2-for-4 with one run scored and two RBIs, while Austin Zeitler and Tyler Daughtry both scored two runs with two RBI. Lipson and Jason Rooks each had a stolen base. Evan Baber, Evan Michelson, Ted Benda, and Jaelin Sewell all saw action on the mound for CVCC.
Game 2 saw Lurleen B. Wallace have another huge fourth inning, as the Saints pushed across five runs in the bottom of the inning this time around. After scoring three runs in the first inning, that was enough to hold off CVCC. The Pirates scored one run in the first inning, and two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings in the 9-5 loss.
Chase Patrick struck out six batters in three and one third innings, while giving up five earned runs. Chris Bergmoser and Coleman Barbee also saw action on the mound for the Pirates. Rooks led the Pirates at the plate with two hits, a run scored, and an RBI. Daughtry and Carson Allison both had a RBI in the game. Kale Ledford, Schwartz, Rooks, Daughtry, and Odachowski all scored one run for the Pirates.
Lurleen B. Wallace was finally able to make the return trip for a double header Saturday at CVCC, where the Pirates were hopeful to take two wins and even the series.
The first game at home couldn’t have gone much better for the Pirates, as they batted around for eight runs in the second inning. The fun didn’t stop there as CVCC pushed across one run in every inning after for a 12-2 win in a shortened six inning game. Ten different batters had a hit for the Pirates, with four of those players having at least two hits. Andrew Greckel’s double was the only extra base hit out of CVCC’s 15 total hits in Game 3.
Lipson led all hitters, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI. Ledford was 2-for-4 with one run scored and three RBI. Rooks was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI. Greckel got in on the hit parade with two hits in two at bats and two RBI. Jordan Armstrong got the win for the Pirates, walking three and striking out three in three innings.
Game 4 was a much closer contest on Saturday afternoon in Phenix City. There were only two runs scored in the first five innings, both by the home team Pirates. The fireworks came in the sixth and seventh innings. CVCC started off the fun with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 5-0 lead over the Saints. Lurleen B. Wallace came storming back, scoring their only runs of the game, albeit five runs in the top of the seventh to tie the last game of the series up. The Pirates weren’t having any of that, scoring one run in the bottom of the seventh for the big win that tied the series up.
Zeitler led the Pirates at the plate with a home run and four RBI. Ledford and Odachowski had two hits each. Zach Cable got the start for CVCC, striking out five in four innings. Mason Bernard, Wade Chandler, and Coleman Barbee each pitched one inning, with Barbee getting the win.
Vick was happy with his team’s performance.
“I thought our guys fought hard. With the seeding already being set for the state tournament, it allowed me to play some guys that haven’t had many at bats or innings on the mound. We had great team wins with contributions from a lot of different guys,”Vick said.
CVCC finishes the regular season with an overall record of 31 wins and 18 losses. Their 22-10 conference record is good enough for third place in the ACCC South Division. The state tournament runs May 9 through May 15 at Eagle Stadium in Ozark, AL. CVCC received the No. 3 seed and will face Wallace-Hanceville Friday at 4 p.m.