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CAL’s ace outduels Wiley, ends Titans' home streak

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Both throw complete games

By Josh Cook

The Collins baseball team’s 2-year-old home win streak came to an end thanks to the right arm of Christian Academy of Louisville junior Riley Thompson.

Thompson, who committed to the University of Louisville as a sophomore, outdueled Collins senior standout Zac Wiley as the visiting Centurions topped the Titans 2-1 Tuesday evening to end Collins’ home victory streak at 25.   

The 6-foot-4 right-hander held the Titans, who had won five games in a row, to a season-low one run, which was unearned, and a season-low-tying four hits while striking out 10 in a complete-game effort.

“Thompson is a very good high school pitcher,” said Collins Coach Roy Bailey, whose team went 19-0 at home last season and began this season 6-0 on campus. “He made it tough on us. It came down to just a couple plays here and there. They were able get a couple more key hits.”

CAL (9-3) had seven hits, all singles, and plated single runs in the third and fifth frames to hand Wiley (4-1) his first setback of the season. The Bellarmine University-signee walked two and struck out five in his own complete-game outing.

Junior Jake Hollinsworth, the Centurions’ No. 8 hitter, went 3-for-3 against Wiley and scored both of CAL’s runs.

He led off the third with a single to center field, advanced to second on a sacrifice, and then scored on Brett Cohoon’s single to right field. 

In the fifth, Hollinsworth singled with two outs, advanced to second when Wiley walked Blake Carlisle, then scored on Cohoon’s infield single.

The Titans (9-2), who hadn’t lost at home since falling to crosstown-rival Shelby County 10-8 in 11 innings in the 30th District Tournament semifinals May 22, 2012, plated their lone run in the sixth.

Senior Dre Farris singled to right field with two outs. He scored one batter later when CAL’s third baseman misplayed a ball off the bat of E.J. Burk. Thanks to another error, this one by the Centurions’ right fielder, Burk ended up on third. But the junior was stranded there when Thompson struck out Wiley to end the inning.

Collins threatened briefly in the seventh when sophomore Will McDonald, who is hitting .400 this season, singled with two outs. The game ended moments later, though, when his courtesy runner, senior Justin Eden, was caught trying to steal second base.

Senior Paul Miller had half of the Titans’ hits with a single and a double.

Collins has some big games ahead, beginning with tonight’s game against Elizabethtown (first pitch is set for 6 in Shelbyville). The Titans then host North Oldham, which handed them their first loss of the season (12-2 March 22 in Goshen), at noon Saturday before playing at Trinity at 6 p.m. Monday. Collins finishes off its four games in five days stretch by hosting its archrival, the Rockets, at 6 p.m. Tuesday. 

 

 

Christian Academy of Louisville 2, Collins 1

CAL 001 010 0 – 2 7 2

Collins 000 001 0 – 1 4 0

Riley Thompson and Jonathan Embry. Zac Wiley and Chris Crotzer. W – Thompson. L – Wiley (4-1). 2B – Paul Miller (CHS). Records – CAL 9-3, Collins 9-2.