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The Collins baseball team reeled off three more victories – two late last week and one Monday – to stay perfect for the season.
The Titans downed Doss, 7-2, Thursday, then rallied to beat DeSales, 3-2, Saturday before bombing host Bullitt Central, 12-2, in five innings Monday night to run their record to 16-0.
Collins 7, Doss 2
Austin Perry and Paul Miller combined for 15 strikeouts and held the host Dragons (0-7) to one hit Thursday in Louisville as the Titans defeated Doss for the second time this season.
“I felt like we were consistent with our hitting, defense and pitching,” said Collins Coach Roy Bailey, whose team previously blanked Doss, 2-0, on March 9. “It really takes that consistent approach to win games.”
University of Kentucky-bound Perry improved to 5-0, throwing the first four innings. He gave up 2 earned runs on 1 hit, walked 3 and struck out 10. Miller, a junior, tossed the final three frames, striking out five.
Senior David Decker led the Titans at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a double and one run scored. Senior Logan Bailey scored two runs, junior Zac Wiley had two RBIs, and junior Mason Jeffries hit a solo home run.
Collins 3, DeSales 2
The host Titans rallied from a 2-run deficit by scoring one run in the bottom of the fifth and two in the sixth – on sophomore Hunter Perry’s single – to stay unbeaten on the season.
“Our players showed great heart and leadership when they were able to come
from behind to win,” Bailey said. “Sometimes you just have to find a way when things are not going the way you would hope.”
Buddy Johnson gave up two earned runs on six hits while striking out seven in five innings before giving way to Wiley, who picked up the victory in relief. He gave up one hit, walked one and struck out two in the final two innings.
Decker led off the bottom of the fifth with a double, advanced on a groundout and scored
a wild pitch.
In the bottom of the sixth, Austin Perry and Jeffries opened with singles to center, and Perry and Justin Eden (who was running for Jeffries) moved up a base on Dan Sanders’ sacrifice. Both scored on Hunter Perry’s single.
Collins 12, Bullitt Central 2
The Titans got another strong start from Sanders and pounded out 11 hits to beat the host Cougars (10-4) in five innings Monday.
Sanders, a senior, improved to 4-0 on the mound, giving up two earned runs on four hits while walking two and striking out 10. He got plenty of run support as Collins plated five runs in the second, four in the fourth and three in the fifth. The Titans’ 5-run second was highlighted by Austin Perry’s 2-run homer and Bailey’s 3-run homer.
Bailey finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored. Wiley was 2-for-3 with a triple, homer, three RBIs and two runs scored, and Perry was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Jeffries was 2-for-3. Senior Michael Smither scored three runs.
The Titans, who hosted Louisville Eastern on Tuesday night, will host Western Hills at 6 p.m. Thursday.
COLLINS 7, DOSS 2
Collins 211 210 0 – 7 9 1
Doss 000 200 0 – 2 1 0
Austin Perry, Paul Miller (5) and Zac Wiley. Davis, Whitlow (5) and Blust. W – Perry (5-0). L – Davis. 2B – Wiley (CHS), David Decker (CHS). HR – Mason Jeffries (CHS), Ray (D). Records – Collins 14-0, Doss 0-7.
COLLINS 3, DESALES 2
DeSales 001 010 0 – 2 7 2
Collins 000 012 X – 3 7 4
Austin Payne, Brandon Haag (6). Buddy Johnson, Wiley (6) and Chris Crotzer. W – Wiley (4-0). L – Payne. 2B – Decker (CHS), Andrew Beckman (D). HR – Beckman (D). Records – DeSales 3-6, Collins 15-0.
COLLINS 12, BULLITT CENTRAL 2
Collins 050 43 – 12 11 0
Bullitt Central 002 00 – 2 4 2
Dan Sanders and Wiley. Zack McCauley. W – Sanders (4-0). L – McCauley. 2B – Bailey (CHS), Jeffries (CHS). 3B – Wiley (CHS). HR – Bailey (CHS), Wiley (CHS), A. Perry (CHS). Records – Collins 16-0, Bullitt Central 10-4.