Alex Krutchik, Correspondent ( @ on Twitter)
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Tallahassee Community College Eagles (8-10) got their first win in six games in a 9-6 victory against the Chattahoochee Valley Pirates (Ala.)
TCC opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning. Tanner Thomas (2-for-5) hit a single and stole a base to get himself into scoring position, and Cole Vann (2-for-4) drove him home for his first of three RBI for the game.
Starting pitching for TCC was shaky once again. Nick Blasucci (3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) walked two batters and hit one to load the bases in the the second inning. That’s when CVCC’s Isaac Phillips drove him Jaylen Smith to tie the game at one.
In the top of the third, CVCC strung together three hits to start the inning. A.J. Willoughby scored on a single by Brandon Hill, and Jayson Cook drove home Carson Hughes for the second run of the inning. Hill scored on the same play after a throwing error by Deyvid Silva.
In the bottom of the inning, Josh Nothdorft (3-for-5, 2 R) and Jordan Curtis (1-for-4, 3 R) got on base to begin the inning. With runners at the corners and Vann up to bat, Curtis stole second. When the second baseman dropped the throw from the catcher, Nothdorft ran home and Curtis ran to third. Curtis would score on a Tucker Rayburn single to shallow right to cut the CVCC lead to 4-3.
Derick Garcia (6.0 IP, W, 1 ER, 6 K, 3 BB) came in to relieve Blasucci in the fourth, and threw a perfect 1-2-3 inning.
In the bottom of the fourth, Northdoft and Curtis would once again get on base to begin the inning, both hitting singles. They both scored on a hard hit single to left, and TCC took a 6-4 lead.
The CVCC bats came alive again in the fifth. Nick Poskey hit a one-out single to drive home Jack Copley, and Smith scored on when Cook hit into a fielder’ choice.
The Eagles answered back in the bottom of the inning, however. Jack Hartman singled, and Aaron Haughton showcased his power with a two-run home run.
The Eagles didn’t look back after that, as Garcia shut down the Pirates over the next four innings.
The Eagles got some insurance in the sixth when Curtis scored on a single by Silva.
The win snaps a five-game skid, and brings TCC coach Mike McCleod one win away from 900 career victories.
The Pirates and Eagles conclude their series tomorrow at 1:00 p.m.