By Chad Dixon
Second baseman Tatum Jones drove in six CVCC runs in game one of a doubleheader March 29, but the Lady Pirates still fell to Lurleen B. Wallace (LBW) in both games (7-6, 8-0). Jones hit a key double in the top of the first of game one to give CVCC a 3-0 lead in the early going. Madelynn Formby doubled and Madison Whipkey singled in the same inning.
LBW’s Katelynn Shiver’s two-run homer in the bottom of the second inning tied the game at three. CVCC responded in the top of the third. Shiver homered again in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game again.
CVCC shortstop Taylor Hamblin reached on an error to being the top of the fifth. LBW struck for three runs in the bottom of the sixth. The Lady Pirates committed two errors.
Savannah Bussey pitched five innings, allowed four earned runs on eight hits and struck out one. Haley White suffered the loss. She allowed two unearned runs in the sixth inning and did not allow a hit.
LBW dominated game two 8-0. Whipkey and Allison Moore had CVCC’s only hits. Left fielder Betsy Powell drove in three runs for LBW. Moore took the loss. She pitched two innings and allowed one earned run on two hits.
CVCC is fighting for the ACCC South’s six seed to make the late April conference tournament. They trail Coastal Alabama-East by one game in the ACCC standings. The Lady Pirates hope to end a five-game losing streak today. They host Enterprise State for a double header at 2 p.m. ET and host Coastal Alabama-Bay Minette on Saturday at 2 p.m. and ABAC on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Pirates ranked #5 in NJCAA poll
The Chattahoochee Valley Community College (CVCC) Pirates (28-8, 14-2) are having another tremendous year, ranked No. 5 this week in the NJCAA baseball poll. They are chasing their fourth ACCC title in five years. They trail Coastal Alabama-North by one game for the division lead in the ACCC South after splitting a double header (2-1, 3-0) against Coastal Alabama-Brewton March 31 at home.
CVCC’s left fielder John Devine singled to start the bottom of the second. Shortstop Jay Meuse was hit by a pitch in the next at-bat to advance Devine to second. Center fielder Isaac Phillips laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance each baserunner. Catcher Jack Lipson then grounded out to shortstop to score Devine and give the Pirates a 1-0 lead.
The score remained the same until the sixth inning of game one. War Hawks designated hitter Hunter Reeves walked on six pitches to begin the top of the sixth. James Adams singled to left. Andrew Griggs then advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt. Hayden Wright gave the visitors a 2-1 lead with a two-run single to left off CVCC’s starting pitcher Casey Cobb.
The Pirates had only one hit in the final two innings and lost only the season’s second conference game. Cobb took the loss. He pitched 5 1/3rd innings, surrendered two earned runs on five hits and struck out nine. He still leads the ACCC with a 1.36 earned run average.
First baseman Kale Ledford and Lipson were both 2-for-3 at the plate in a 3-0 win for CVCC in game two. Ledford hit a one-out single to right in the bottom of the first. Second baseman Rankin Woley walked to advance Ledford to second. In the next at bat, right fielder Jason Rooks hit a run-scoring single to left in a 0-2 count to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead.
Later in the inning, Meuse hit a pop fly with bases loaded and reached on an infield error. Woley scored to extend the Pirates’ lead to 2-0. Rooks scored on a wild pitch during the next at bat to give CVCC an early 3-0 lead.
Cole Ganopulos notched his ACCC leading seventh win. He allowed only three hits over seven complete innings and struck out 10 War Hawks. He faced the minimum through five innings had sat down 11 in a row after allowing a single to start the top of the second.
The Pirates swept the War Hawks (11-0, 9-4) in another double header April 2. CVCC scored 10 runs in the top of the first on eight hits. John Devine hit a grand slam in the inning. Kale Ledford hit two doubles and drove in four runs. Jacob Menders improved to 7-1 with the win. He pitched three innings, allowed two hits and struck out three.
Rooks drove in three in the series’ final game. He hit two doubles and scored twice. Ledford hit a two-run home run. Phillips tripled and drove in three runs. Chase Patrick picked up the win. He allowed one unearned run on five hits through five innings. He struck out three and walked one.
CVCC will play Enterprise State at home on April 5 starting at 1 p.m. ET for a double header. The series will move to Enterprise, Ala., on Saturday.