GOLNWS-03-25-21 WCDS

Garrett Moffett (2) steps on first base for the out before Faith Christian batter Caden Hamlett can reach the base safely.

The Wayne Country Day Chargers defeated the Faith Christian Patriots 11-1 Tuesday afternoon.

Chargers starting pitcher Sterling Bass got off to a hot start by quickly moving through the first inning and not allowing a run.

In the bottom of the first inning, Chargers batter Everette Johnson stepped up to the plate. Johnson got on base with a single and then proceeded to steal second and third. After a fielding error, he came in to score the first run of the game.

After Bass again allowed zero runs in the second inning, Wayne Country Day came up to the plate at the bottom of the second. With two runs on base, Mason Moffett hit a 2 RBI double to extend the lead for the Chargers to 3-0.

In the third inning, the Chargers put up yet another run when Moffett, who was on third base, came in to score off of a wild pitch to make the score 4-0.

Bass gave up his only run in the fourth inning, but was able to strike out the Patriots batter to leave a runner stranded on third.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Chargers offense continued to get on base with ease. After Moffett yet again got on base, he was able to come home and score another run because of an RBI double from Andrew Eltz.

In the fifth inning, Gavin Johnson hit the only home run of the game in what was a two-run shot that scored Tanner Williamson. Later in the inning, Braedon Collins hit an RBI double and Connor Sasser came in to score. Moffett scored yet another run in the inning when he came into the plate off of an infield error to make it 9-1.

The sixth inning would be the last of the game after the Chargers scored two more runs to make the score 11-1 and trigger the 10-run mercy rule.

Bass pitched a complete game on the mound for the Chargers, striking out four batters while only allowing three hits and zero earned runs.

Bass said he still has room for improvement.

“I think in the beginning it was a little sloppy,” Bass said. “I couldn’t really find the strike zone, and then after a little bit, I started to get around (the strike zone).”

Head Coach Adam Pate said that he was happy with Bass’s performance on the mound.

“Sterling did a great job,” Pate said. “He’s only in eighth grade and has got a lot of potential, but he did a good job today letting the defense work behind him, and he got some strikeouts.”

With the win, Wayne Country Day improves to 5-1. Faith Christian, from Rocky Mount, falls to 2-5 with the loss.

Wayne Country Day will play again on Friday against Liberty Christian Academy in Richlands.