A productive week for the Collins Thunder 15u Baseball team
Unlike the first meeting, when Collins won 4-3 and runs were hard to come by, the Collins Thunder jumped out to a quick 3-0 in the first inning and never looked back as they cruised to a 19-3 victory.
The offense was paced by new addition Les Young, who collected three hits, five runs and four runs batted in. One of his hits was a home run to right center field.
Cole Smith also added to the offensive explosion with four hits, two runs and five runs batted in. Smith contributed to the home-run total as his was smoked to dead center field.
Jordan Nosal had two hits while Ryan Mammoser reached base all five times, scoring once.
On the mound, it was Cole Smith pitching five innings to get the win (striking out eight), and Alex Emery finished things up, allowing no runs and no hits.
After a tough loss to the Orchard Park Braves on July 4, the Collins Thunder’s record dropped to 3 wins and 6 losses heading into the team's home double header vs. Eden on Saturday, July 7.
Game one went to the visitors as they pushed across the game's winning run in the seventh inning (7-6 final).
Walker Green pitched a complete game, striking out eight batters while yielding just eight and one walk.
Offensively, it was Jordan Nosal leading the way with two hits, while CJ Cook and Sean Dils (one hit each) both scored two runs. Alex Emery and Walker Green scored the other Collins runs. Les Young also added a hit, but it was not enough as Collins’ record dropped to 3-7.
In game two, an offensive explosion was provided as the teams combined to score 27 runs in the Collins Thunder's 16-11 victory.
Jordan Cooper picked up the victory on the mound as well as going 4-4 at the plate and scoring three runs. Les Young homered again in the victory while adding two RBI and two runs. Walker Green had a home run as well and scored three runs of his own and driving in four runs. Sean Dils and Brian Gernatt each collected two hits while, CJ Cook, Jordan Nosal and Gavin Kennedy had one apiece. The victory raised the team's record to 4 wins and 7 losses as they prepare for their first tournament July 13-15 in Niagara Falls.
Collins will be playing against teams from Canada, New Jersey and Ohio in their first three games of the tournament, with a fourth to be determined later.