OZARK, Ala. (WTVM) – The Chattahoochee Valley Pirates erupted for four runs in the sixth inning and five in the eighth to post an 11-5 win over Alabama Southern on Thursday to claim the ACCC Tournament championship and earn a berth in the NJCAA World Series. The game was played at Eagle Stadium in Ozark, Ala.
The ACCC title is the sixth in CVCC program history, but the trip to the World Series is the first ever for the Pirates.
The game actually started on Wednesday, but had to be suspended after one scoreless inning due to heavy rains.
Grayson Ivey led off the bottom of the second with a home run to give the Pirates the early 1-0 lead. Alabama Southern responded, taking a 3-2 lead in the top of the sixth.
CVCC took the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth. Tyler Lynn led off the frame with a solo homer to right. The Pirates took the lead on a throwing error, then added runs on a pair of RBI singles by Trevor Kieboom and Cam Sperry.
In the eighth, the Eagles cut the deficit to 6-5 and loaded the bases, but relief pitcher Chris Brown got the final out on a strikeout to end the threat.
The Pirates put the game on ice with a five-run eighth, runs tallied without benefit of a hit.
Starting pitcher Dalton Rentz earned the win, his second of the tournament, and was named tourney MVP. Pirates shortstop John Holland was named ACCC Player of the Year, while Adam Thomas earned Coach of the Year honors.