Wayne Country Day raced past Greenville’s John Paul II 18-3 in NCISAA Coastal Plain Conference play Thursday afternoon.

The Chargers took advantage of every opportunity to pick up runs.

“We were aggressive at the plate,” Wayne Country Day head coach Michael Taylor said. “We’ve been kind of complacent at the plate all year, so it was good to see the guys go up there and have success at the plate.”

The Chargers scored in the first inning when Aoha Godo tripled with the bases loaded. Now up 3-0, Wayne Country Cay scored two more runs when Preston Barnes stole home base off a wild pitch, and Aaron Ward hit an RBI ground out. Wayne Country went on to score five more runs in the second inning and put thegame out of reach.

Wayne Country Day’s Tanner Willman

Wayne Country Day’s Tanner Willman gets ready to swing the bat during the Chargers’ game against John Paul II.

Bryan Harrison reached hit a single and was followed by Tanner Willman’s one-run triple. Caleb Brewer then had an RBI ground out. Later in the inning with the bases loaded, Godo belted a two-run single and Ward drew a walk. With bases loaded for the second time, Trey Barnes drew a walk, which scored a run and Willman delivered a two-RBI single.

Wayne Country Day scored two runs in the bottom of the third inning to take a 14-0 lead. The Chargers scored four more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning when D.J. Drew hit an RBI single, Godo delivered an RBI double, while Ward Bryce Smith both hit RBI singles.

Holding an 18-0 lead, the Chargers gave up three runs in the inning, but the Saints were unable to get any closer. With the win, Wayne Country Day improved its record 5-5 overall and 2-1 in conference play.

“It’s been a struggle this year,”Taylor said. “We’ve had a lot of injuries, and things haven’t gone our way, but earlier we talked about getting back to .500 and how big that was for us moving into next week. These guys are learning how to win again, and things are going to come.”