Cobb dominates Andrew

By Chad Dixon

Chattahoochee Valley Community College’s right-handed starting pitcher Casey Cobb has established himself as the ace of the Pirates’ rotation over his last two games as he has allowed only four hits and zero runs. Cobb was dominant on February 11 at home as he struck out 13 Andrew College hitters and retired 13 in a row from the second to the fifth innings. “That’s just him,” said CVCC Head Coach Adam Thomas. “If he is throwing the ball 90 mph, locating his spots and his slider is working, that’s the result.”

Thomas added he would like to see his change-up improve. However, he will take the 20 strikeouts and 0.55 earned run average over three games. Cobb started off the game with three strikeouts of the looking variety. He would sandwich a lineout to left with two more punch outs in the third and struck out the side in the fourth. 

CVCC catcher Nick Poskey reached on a one-out walk in the second inning and scored on a bases loaded single to center by leadoff hitter Isaac Phillips to take the 1-0 lead. The Pirates would take the one-run lead into the bottom of the sixth with Cobb allowing only one baserunner over his previous four innings. First baseman Carson Hughes led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by John Foster. Later in the inning with one out, Poskey “got on top of a bad pitch,” said Thomas and drove a single to left to score Hughes. 

“We felt like we were in control because of how Casey (Cobb) was pitching, but that second run was huge; you never want to go into the ninth inning in a one-run game,” Thomas added. 

Cobb gave up a lead-off single in the eighth. The runner advanced to second on a sacrifice ahead of Cobb’s 13th strikeout of the day. Thomas would go to his bullpen with two-out. Lefty Pierce Smith threw one pitch and induced a fly ball out to center to retire the side. Tyler Elkins allowed a lead-off single in the ninth, but then retired the next three hitters to record his fourth save of the season. 

Phillips improved his on-base percentage to .486 as he reached base on all four plate appearances (two hits and two walks). Phillips and Poskey drove in CVCC’s  runs as they won 2-0. The Pirates improved to 8-1 with the win and have not lost since the first game of the season on January 29. CVCC will host Abraham Baldwin on February 18 at 2pm ET. The game will be a part of CVCC’s second annual homecoming event.