CVCC Pirates seeking better postseason results

kprice@ledger-enquirer.comMay 8, 2014 

Chattahoochee Valley Community College baseball coach Adam Thomas figures he has tried every approach there is to get his team ready for the postseason.

"I have tried to do things the same way. I have tried to do things differently. I have tried them all," Thomas said earlier this week.

Then he added with a chuckle, "The only conclusion I can come to is that I am the worst postseason coach in the history of baseball."

Thomas, who has won 533 games in his 15 years at CVCC, knows that as his No. 1-ranked Pirates prepare for another run in the Alabama Community College Conference tournament, the questions will come as to why his teams struggle so much in the postseason.

"We are going to do exactly what we did to become No. 1," Thomas said. "We are not going to change. I am not going to try and downplay what the tournament means, and I am not going to play it up."

Thomas said he thinks he has taken the best team in the conference to the tournament at least three times, in particular the 2010 team. That team went 42-8 but bowed out of the tournament in three games.

"But it is a crapshoot," Thomas said. "It took the entire summer to get over the 2010 tournament. But at this point, it is a players' tournament, not a coaches' tournament."

Thomas has led CVCC to a runner-up finish in 2003, third-place finishes in 2005, '07 and '08 and a fourth-place finish in 2009.

The Pirates head into Friday's 8:30 p.m. opener against Wallace State-Dothan with a remarkable 43-9 record -- that is the most wins by any CVCC team. The Pirates have won 12 of its last 13 and 24 of 26.

"This is probably the most fun group of players I have had," Thomas said. "It has just been fun to be at the ball park with these guys. It has been so easy. These guys are low maintenance."

The Pirates are led by shortstop John Holland, a transfer from Florida State, who earlier this week was named the ACCC Player of the Year. Holland batted .411 with 11 doubles, eight triples, four homers and 38 RBIs. He was joined on the all-conference team by outfielder Cam Sperry (.373, 12 doubles, four homers, 51 RBIs) and pitchers Dalton Rentz (10-2, 1.44 ERA) and Dylan Lee (9-0, 0.88).

Those four were joined on the all-Central Division team by catcher Jared Martin (.357, 12 doubles, 44 RBIs), third baseman Trevor Kieboom (.321, 11 doubles, 42 RBIs) and Jeff Ronpirin (.333, seven doubles and 34 RBIs).


Eagle Stadium

Ozark, Ala.

Friday, May 9

Game 1 -- Calhoun vs. Southern Union, 10 a.m.

Game 2 -- Shelton State vs. Jefferson Davis, 1:30 p.m.

Game 3 -- Snead State vs. Central Alabama, 5 p.m.

Game 4 -- CVCC vs. Wallace State-Dothan, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 10

Game 5 -- Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 10 a.m.

Game 6 -- Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 1:30 p.m.

Game 7 -- Faulkner State vs. Game 1 winner, 5 p.m.

Game 8 -- Alabama Southern vs. Game 3 winner, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 11

Game 9 -- Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 7, 10 a.m.

Game 10 -- Winner Game 5 vs. Loser Game 8, 1:30 p.m.

Game 11 -- Winner Game 7 vs. Game 2 winner, 5 p.m.

Game 12 -- Winner Game 8 vs. Game 4 winner, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, May 12

Game 13 -- Winner Game 10 vs. Loser Game 11, 1:30 p.m.

Game 14 -- Winner Game 9 vs. Loser Game 12, 5 p.m.

Game 15 -- Winner Game 11 vs. Game 12 winner, 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 13

Game 16 -- Winner Game 13 vs. Winner Game 14, 5 p.m.

Game 17 -- Winner Game 16 vs. Game 15 loser, 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 14

Game 18 -- Winner Game 15 vs. Winner Game 17, 2 p.m.

Game 19 -- if game, 5 p.m.

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