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The Collins baseball team went 1-1 against two Top 20 teams in the Louisville Invitational Tournament at the end of last week.
Defending state champion, and host, Pleasure Ridge Park topped the Titans 5-3 Thursday night before Collins bounced back with a 7-1 victory over Lafayette on Saturday.
PRP 5, Collins 3
The Panthers, who came in ranked No. 8 in the state coaches poll and the Kentucky Prep Top 25, ended the Titans’ seven-game win streak.
Collins, which entered ranked No. 14 and No. 11 in those polls, stranded 11 base runners in the loss, including two in the second, fourth and seventh and three in the sixth.
“We left too many runners on base,” Titans Coach Roy Bailey said. “We had our chances but just didn’t have enough quality at-bats with runners in scoring position.”
PRP plated two runs in the second and three in the third off senior starter Zac Wiley in building a 5-1 lead before Collins closed to within two runs in the fifth.
The Titans tallied one run in the top of the third when junior Alex Doyle was issued a leadoff walk, then advanced to second on Dre Farris’ single before scoring on Wiley’s one-out single to left field.
In the fifth, Farris led off with a double to left field before E.J. Burk drove him in with a triple. Three batters later senior Paul Miller doubled home Burk.
Collins had its chances in the final two frames, but Wiley grounded out with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth and Chris Crotzer flew out with runners on first and second to end the game.
The Titans matched the Panthers (16-6) with nine hits. Farris, Miller and junior Hunter Perry had two apiece for Collins.
Wiley absorbed just his second loss of the season. The Bellarmine University-signee gave up four earned runs on eight hits while striking out five in five frames.
Collins 7, Lafayette 1
Miller and his classmate, Justin Eden, combined to toss a two-hitter to beat the Generals (13-9), who came in ranked 15th in the coaches poll, at PRP.
Miller gave up the two hits and an earned run while striking out five in the first four frames to improve to 6-0 on the season. Eden then walked two and struck out one in the final three hitless innings.
“Paul and Justin carried the game on the mound,” said Bailey, whose team backed up Miller and Eden with error-free D. “We just relied on pitching and defense. I am pleased with how we have been making the plays on defense.”
After Lafayette plated one run in the top of the second, the Titans tallied three runs in the second and third innings before adding a single run in the sixth.
In the bottom of the second, Miller reached on an error before Will McDonald singled to right field. A Perry sacrifice then moved Dillow, who was running for Miller, to third and McDonald to second. Eden followed with an RBI-single before Doyle followed him with an infield single to score McDonald with the go-ahead run. Then, Farris drove in Eden with a single.
Miller led off the third with a walk, and Dillow, who again was running for Miller, advanced to second on an error by Lafayette’s pitcher before taking third when the Generals’ third baseman misplayed McDonald’s sacrifice.
Perry followed with a single to score Dillow. McDonald and Perry each moved up a base on a wild pitch before McDonald scored on Eden’s ground out and Perry scored on Doyle’s single to right field.
Nick Palmer added an RBI-single in the sixth.
Farris and Doyle led the Titans’ 10-hit attack with two apiece while Doyle and Eden had a pair of RBIs and McDonald and Dillow scored twice.
Collins (17-3) plays at Anderson County at 5:30 today before playing at Eastern at 5 p.m. Thursday then hosting South Oldham at 6 p.m. Friday.
PRP 5, Collins 3
Collins 001 020 0 – 3 9 0
PRP 023 000 X – 5 9 0
Zac Wiley, Justin Eden and Chris Crotzer. Oliberto Tellez, Dalton Miller (6) and Jonathon Cavanaugh. W – Tellez. L – Wiley (5-2). 2B – Dre Farris (CHS), Paul Miller (CHS), Robert Dale (PRP), Zach Huber (PRP), John Oyler (PRP). 3B – E.J. Burk (CHS), Miller (PRP). Record – PRP 16-6.
Collins 7, Lafayette
Lafayette 010 000 0 – 1 2 4
Collins 033 001 X – 7 10 0
Morgan Harris, Adam Holcomb, Will Albright and Jackson Boggs. Miller, Eden (5) and Crotzer. W – Miller (6-0). L – Harris. SV – Eden (1). 2B – Burk (CHS). Records – Lafayette 13-9, Collins 17-3.