Pirate's Baseball got their fall season kicked off Thursday with a pair of games at the University of Central Missouri. The event was set up to showcase junior college teams to 4-year universities and professional scouts. "There were over 20 scouts in attendance and I thought that our players showed very well at the event. This type of exposure is great for those athletes," remarked head coach Donnie Hillerman.
In the opener, the Pirates fell to Fort Scott Community College 4-0. "We played a solid game defensively and competed well on the mound. Our offense just wasn't sharp enough to get some runs across the plate," commented assistant coach Ryan Suttenfield. The Pirates will get another shot at Fort Scott as they open their spring season against the Greyhounds on the road February 17-18 in a four game series.
The second game, against Southwestern Community College, saw the Pirates jump out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. However, they were unable to hold on and the contest ended in a 6-6 tie due to time constraints. "It would have been nice to finish off that game with a win but we hope to learn from the experience to compete even better the next time out," added Hillerman.
The Pirates are back in action on Tuesday, September 19th when they travel to Missouri Valley College.