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Tanner Willman fouls the ball as he looks to get on base in the at-bat.

The Wayne Country Day Chargers defeated The Burlington School Spartans 11-1 on Monday afternoon.

The top of the first inning was the first of many strong innings for Chargers starting pitcher Braeden Collins, who made quick work of the first three batters.

When offense came up to bat for the Chargers in the bottom of the first inning, they took advantage of Collins’ strong first inning on the mound and scored three runs.

The first two runs came from Rowan Watt, who hit a two-run home run that scored Everette Johnson from second base. The third run came off of a wild pitch that scored Mason Moffett from third base.

Collins had no trouble getting through the second, third and fourth innings allowing no runs.

His offense was not able to take advantage of his stellar pitching, though, until the fourth inning when Tanner Willman got on base with a single, Andrew Eltz got on base with a walk, and Everett Johnson also got on base with a walk.

This meant the bases were loaded with only one out and Watt was at the plate. Watt hit a ball deep into the outfield for a sacrifice fly, which Willman scored on to extend the lead to four.

At the top of the fifth inning, the Spartans finally started to get some hits off of Collins. The first hit of the inning came off of a single from Wagner Morrissette. The second hit of the inning came from Hayden Fleming, who also hit a single into the outfield that advanced Morrissette to third base.

The hit ended up resulting in the first run, as Watt tried to pick off Fleming who was rounding first base, but Watt instead threw it over his first baseman’s head. The error meant that Morrissette could easily come home and Fleming was able to move up to second base.

The Spartans were not able to score any more runs, as Collins finished off the top of the inning by continuing his strong performance on the mound to keep the Chargers’ lead at 4-1.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Chargers scored a total of seven runs.

The first run came after Moffett was hit by a pitch, Gavin Johnson was walked, and Willman was walked to load the bases.

When Collins stepped up to the plate, he was thrown a wild pitch, which Moffett stole home on to take a 5-1 lead.

Collins was walked during the at-bat to score Gavin Johnson, which extended the lead to five.

The next two runs came off of a 2-RBI double from Everette Johnson, which scored Collins and Willman.

Two more runs came from Watt who scored Eltz and Everette Johnson on another 2-RBI double. The last run of the game came off of an RBI single from Garrett Moffett that scored Watt to trigger the 10-run mercy rule.

Adam Pate, head coach for the Chargers, said he was pleased with the way Collins pitched throughout the game.

“Well, first things first, our pitching was really really good today,” Pate said. “Braeden had a great start, and he was still throwing his best, it looked like, in his last inning, which was really good.”

Collins finished the game with five innings pitched, 10 strikeouts, zero earned runs, two hits, two walks and one run surrendered.

Pate also said that his players were able to score so many runs in the fifth inning because of their patience at the plate.

“I think we didn’t force the envelope or force the issue too much with chasing pitches,” Pate said. “If they walked us, we took our walk. Any time you can get a free base, it can change an inning and get it going for us, so that was really good to see our guys taking balls and taking what the other team gave us.”

With the win, Wayne Country Day improves to 7-1 this season and The Burlington School drops to 7-2-1 with the loss.

Wayne Country Day will face Davidson Day on Wednesday at home.