Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@ on Twitter)
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – A four run second inning wasn’t enough for the Tallahassee Community College Eagles (7-10), as they fell to the NJCAA No. 6 Chattahoochee Valley Pirates (Ala.), 9-6.
After the Pirates scored three runs in the first two innings, Deyvid
Silva and Tucker Rayburn started got walked to begin the bottom of the second, and Chris Clark was hit by a pitch. Silva scored on a wild
pitch by Chandler Newman for the Eagles’ first run of the game.
Haughton got hit by a pitch to make the bases loaded once again, and Jack Hartman showed his patience by forcing another walk, driving in Rayburn in the process.
Newman was pulled after facing five batters in the inning, walking three and hitting two. The Eagles were able to get one more run off of new pitcher Charles Crosby when Tanner Thomas hit into a fielder’s choice and drove Clark home.
The Eagles notched one more run in the fourth when Josh Nothdorft
drove home Haughton. The 5-3 lead would be the Eagles’ largest of the night.
Eagle starting pitcher Brooks Buckler (6.0 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 3 K, 4 BB)
had his shakiest outing of the season against a Chattahoochee team
that came into the game with a .337 batting average.
He settled down after the second inning, giving up only one hit
between the third and fifth innings. However, things started to
unravel in the sixth for him and TCC. MJ Rookard was hit by a pitch
and advanced to sacrifice bunt. Brandon Hill hit a routine fly ball to
left field, but a botched catch allowed Rookard to score, and Hill to
reach second. Jayson Cook singled to left and got Hill to third. TCC
got Isaac Phillips to ground out, and Hartman made a phenomenal play to throw Cook trying to make it from first to third. However, before the play was complete, they allowed Hill to score, tying the game at five apiece.
The Eagles scored once more in the bottom of the sixth, thanks to a
single by Curtis to drive home Hartman.
Alex Stobert came on to pitch in the seventh for the Eagles, but
didn’t last long. He faced four batters, and gave up three hits and
three runs. He picked up his first loss of the season.
With the 9-6 loss, the Eagles have lost five straight, and 10 of their last 12.
They continue their three-game weekend series against the Pirates
Saturday Feb. 25 at 2 p.m.