The Carolina Virginia Collegiate League championship tournament kicked off Wednesday at Tarboro’s Municipal Stadium.
On Wednesday, the bottom two seeds in the Carolina Virginia Collegiate League met in Game One with No. 5 Carolina Pirates (3-13) upsetting No. 4 Carolina Thunder (7-9) in a big way.
The Pirates were never challenged as they jumped to a 10-1 lead in the fifth inning, then coasted to a 15-2 win by the 10-run rule.
The win meant the Pirates had to turn right around to play the No. 1 seeded Fuquay-Varina Twins (12-4) in the nightcap. On the other side of the coin, the Thunder was finished for the night until tonight’s Game 4, scheduled at 8 p.m.
The Twins, the league’s defending champions, jumped to a 1-0 lead and stayed in front all the way, opening a 4-0 lead in the third following a two-run fielding error by the Pirates’ second baseman.
The Pirates came back in the bottom of the fourth to pull to within 4-1, but fell to 6-2 after a two-run fielding error by the Pirates second baseman negated their gains.
The Pirates added a third run, but another fielding error by the second baseman allowed another run to score to make the final, 7-3.
The Pirates outhit the Twins, 8-4, but three errors provided the margin of victory for the Twins.
Today, No. 2 seed Tarboro (11-5) plays No. 3 seed Wake Forest (7-9) at 5 p.m. while the Thunder will play the loser of the Tarboro-Wake game in tonight’s second contest, Game Four.
On Friday, Game Five matches the winner of Game Four with the Pirates while Game Six will match the winners of Game Two and Game Three.
Games begin at 5 p.m. daily today and Friday with the second game starting approximately 30 minutes after the end of the first game.
Tickets are available for the tournament at the gate and are priced at $8 per day.