Softball: CVCC starts ACCC play

By Chad Dixon

The 2017 Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) softball tournament kicks off tomorrow at Veterans Park in Alabaster, Ala. The Lady Pirates of Chattahoochee Valley Community College (CVCC) will be looking for their first win in the tournament since 2014. CVCC finished the regular season with a sweep of Enterprise State to give them a 31-23 overall record and a 17-11 ACCC record to finish in a tie with Alabama Southern for third place in the Southern division. 

On Sophomore Day at CVCC on April 18, the Lady Pirates shut out Enterprise State 6-0 in game one. Madelynn Formby and Payton Singletary were both 3-for-3 at the plate. Formby, who finished the regular season leading the ACCC with a .481 batting average, drove in two runs and hit her team-leading ninth homerun. Singletary finished the season with a .429 on-base percentage and also drove in a run in the victory. 

Sham Adams was also perfect at the plate with a 2-for-2 game with a double and two RBI. Kaylynn Church notched her team leading 11th win. She pitched three hitless innings and struck out three. Hayden Hughes and Margaret Mims each pitched two scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Church is tied for ninth in wins in the conference and lowered her ERA to 2.49. Church will most likely start game one of the tournament for the Lady Pirates.

CVCC completed the sweep on Sophomore Day with a 6-3 victory in game two. Four Lady Pirates had two hits. Formby, Sydney Daugherty, Madison Whipkey and Kailey Riley were all 2-for-4 and each drove in a run. Freshman Camry Blackmon improved her record to 7-4 as she picked up the win. She allowed only two hits over 3 2/3rd innings. Smiths Station’s Allison Moore picked up the four-out save. She allowed one hit and one run in an inning and a third. 

The Lady Pirates will enter the tournament as the #4 seed in the South and will face Calhoun in the opening round tomorrow at 10 a.m. ET. Calhoun (29-27-1, 11-13) are the #5 seed in the North. The two teams did not play each other in the regular season. The winner will play #1 seed from the North Shelton State in round two. 

Formby along with Phenix City’s Chauntivia Cliatt both finished in the top six in batting average in the ACCC. Chatt Valley ranks fourth in team batting average (.329) and fifth in team ERA (3.07). Coach Steve O’Steen said he would start Mims in game two with Blackmon as an option out of the bullpen.  Cliatt led the ACCC in stolen bases this season with 57. The next closest trailed Cliatt by 27 steals. Whipkey led the team with 40 RBI and 16 doubles in her freshman season. 

The loser of the CVCC/Calhoun game will play the loser of the Alabama Southern/Jeff Davis CC game at 2 p.m. ET on Friday. The tournament will conclude on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.