Pirates Find a Way to Win Slugfest with Madison

Ugly is ugly, but a win is a win….the measure the Pirates found themselves feeling after bettering Madison by one run in a non-conference clash Tuesday evening at Charlestown High School.  Regardless, the tenth ranked Pirates (10-3) found the way to get it done in the bottom of sixth and seventh innings, in a game with 25 total hits and 9 total errors.  Austin Smith got the win in relief from the mound in three innings.  Charlestown led Madison 6-4 after four innings completed, before both teams poured on the runs in the fifth; as the Pirates plated five and the Cubs six for a 11-10 score.  Madison scored two more runs in the top of the sixth to take a one run lead before the Pirates plated one in the bottom of the sixth to tie the score, hold Madison (2-8) in the top of the seventh, then score the winning run in the bottom of seventh for the 13 – 12 final score.  Austin Smith is now 4-0 after strikiing out five Madison batters in the final three innings of the game.  Ryan Jones finished 3-4, with 3 Runs, and a RBI.  Dewey Cardwell went 2-5 at the plate but knocked in four runs, and Atom Ward fiinished 2-2, with 2 Runs and a RBI.  “Tonight was just an old fashioned slugfest.  Neither team played great and our defense and pitching was just horrendous.  After all that, somehow we found a way to win”, commented Pirate Head Coach Ricky Romans.  For lack of better words…the upcoming nine days of games are crazy for the #10 3A Pirates.  Charlestown will host Clarksville Thursday, a team that represents a very important conference clash; then travel to Class 4A #2 Floyd Central on Friday, then to Class 3A #5 and arch-rival Silver Creek Monday, before hosting Class 2A #10 Austin next Thursday.  If these games won’t prepare the Pirates for post season play, nothing will on area schedules.  Don’t miss a chance to watch these talented young men play baseball for PirateNation.