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Wayne County batter Tanner Capps connects with the ball as he looks to get on base.

WILSON — Wayne County Post 11 defeated Wilson County Post 13 by a score of 11-0 on Saturday night in a game that Wayne County dominated from the start.

Wayne County came up to bat first in the game, and they got off to a strong start offensively by scoring four runs.

The first of the four runs scored by Wayne County in the inning came from Will Albert who scored with an RBI single from Justin Holland. The next two runs also came as a result of RBI singles from Logan Merritt and Braedon Collins.

The last run of the inning came from a fielding error by the Wilson County defense, which gave Wayne County a 4-0 lead heading into the second inning.

Will Pennington got the start on the mound for Post 11 in the bottom of the first inning, and he quickly worked through the Wilson County batting order. He allowed no runs in the inning and kept the Wayne County lead at 4-0 heading into the second inning.

In the second inning when Wayne County came up to bat again, the Wilson County pitcher struggled to find the strike zone.

After giving up a single to start the inning, he gave up back-to-back walks to load the bases. With the bases loaded, the Wilson County pitcher threw a wild pitch that allowed Merritt to score from third base. Although Wilson was able to get out of a difficult situation by allowing only one run, they trailed 5-0 heading into the bottom of the second inning.

In the bottom of the second inning, Pennington quickly worked through the side, walking just one batter, and allowing zero hits. Pennington found the success throughout the game, and although the Wayne County offense was unable to score again until the sixth inning, Wilson County never was able to get back into the game.

Pennington was removed from the game after five innings due to his high pitch count, but in the five innings he pitched, he allowed zero runs, one hit and three walks while also recording four strikeouts.

Following Wayne County’s offensive struggles in the previous three innings, baseman Drew Spencer hit the only home run of the game in the top of the sixth inning, and it was a bases-clearing grand slam that gave Wayne County a 11-0 lead. That would be the final score of the game as Carter Gibson was able to close the game in the bottom of the sixth inning and record the save.

Wayne County head coach Adam Pate said that he was proud of the way Pennington performed on the mound.

“He does a great job of mixing up his pitches,” Pate said. “He also throws a lot of strikes, and he forces the other team to keep the ball in play or either strike out. I’m so proud of him.”

Pennington said that Wayne County’s strong start on offense took the pressure off him on the mound, and set him up to have success.

“Our offense started off good by putting up four runs in the first inning, so there really wasn’t much pressure on me,” Pennington said. “I fell behind a couple of times in the count, but I got back in and threw strikes.”

With the win, Wayne County improved to 17-4 for the season.