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Wayne Country Day’s starting catcher Drew Spencer steps up to bat as he looks to score another run for the Chargers.

The Wayne Country Day Chargers advance to the third round of the playoffs after defeating the Village Christian Academy Knights 15-0 Thursday.

The Chargers dominated the game from the start, and in the first inning, the team scored nine runs while holding Village Christian scoreless.

The first run of the game was scored by Everette Johnson who got on base with a double and then proceeded to steal third base and home plate.

The two next runs came on a two-run home run from Gavin Johnson that scored Rowan Watt from first base.

The Chargers went on to hit a total of three home runs in the inning. The second came from Braedon Collins on another two-run home run that scored Drew Spencer.

The last home run of the inning was a three-run shot from Rowan Watt that scored Everette Johnson and Bryce Smith to make the score 9-0.

After not scoring in the next two innings, Wayne Country Day once again put on a hitting clinic and scored six more runs in the fourth inning.

The first run came when Bryan Harrison grounded out to the first baseman, but Cohen Waddell came in to score to give Harrison the RBI.

The next run came when, with the bases loaded, Rowan Watt was walked to first and Braedon Collins came in to score. The next four runs of the game came from a grand slam from Garrett Moffett in what was the Chargers’ fourth home run of the game.

Sterling Bass came in the fifth inning, closed out the game and earned the save. Three batters came up to face Bass and three went down by either groundout or strikeout.

Wayne Country Day head coach Adam Pate said that he wants to see his offensive continue to stay hot throughout the playoffs.

“I thought we did a really good job, obviously offensively,” Pate said. “We had several home runs, and we got out to a big lead early. Pitching did its part by throwing a lot of strikes, and I don’t think we had too many walks.

“Moving forward, we need to try to keep the bats hot. If you can score a lot of runs it takes pressure off your pitching.”

Pate also said he is proud of his seniors who stepped up and took on leadership roles this season.

“All of those seniors mean a lot to me,” Pate said. “As a coach coming into a program, obviously, I had a lot of things that were new that I changed, but the players win games. I owe a lot to those five and their families. They mean a lot to Wayne Country Day baseball.”

With the win, Wayne Country Day moves on to the third round of the North Carolina State 2A private school playoffs.

Wayne Country Day will play again at home on Saturday at 1 p.m.