Collins' homer ignites Jets in late innings

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GOLDSBORO - Held to one hit through four innings, the Wayne County Jets refueled its offense in the fifth and sixth innings.

Braeden Collins mashed a two-run home run in the fifth and delivered the game-winning sacrifice fly in the sixth to propel the Jets past the Twin River Redbirds, 5-4, on Monday evening.

Down 4-0, Will Uzzell reached safely when he got plunked in the batter’s box. One out later, Collins connected on his “moon shot” at the Eastern Carolina Athletic Park.

It was Collins’ first homer of the season.

Rhet Johnson followed with a base knock and moved to second after Will Harris drew a walk. Both runners advanced with a double steal, which set the plate for Sam Rice’s fielder’s choice RBI groundout.

Wayne County trailed 4-3.

In the sixth, Will Albert drew a lead-off walk and moved into scoring position on Uzzell’s single. Logan Merritt singled to right field to score Albert.

Collins’ knocked in Uzzell with his sac fly.

Adam Brogden earned the save behind reliever Josh Hartsfield, who picked up the mound win. Brogden tossed two innings of one-hit, one-strikeout relief.

Hartsfield, a Barton College commit, held the Redbirds to one hit and recorded two strikeouts in a four-inning stint. He threw 34 strikes during his 50-pitch appearance.

The Jets improved to 5-0 against the Redbirds this season, including 3-0 in outcomes decided by one run.

Wayne County (14-5 overall) returns home Thursday to face either Kinston or Raketown. Takeoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.

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