Collins, Lam Combine For Seven RBIs In Valley District Rout
FORT DEFIANCE — Jayson Collins is a meat-and-potatoes kind of guy, but the Fort Defiance High School third baseman settled for a couple of peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches before Tuesday’s Valley District baseball game.
He sure looked hungry at the plate.
Collins and senior catcher Trevor Lam combined to go 7-for-7 with seven RBIs and four runs, and senior right fielder Chase Wine triggered the slaughter rule with a walk-off single as the Indians routed Harrisonburg 11-1 in five innings.
“We knew we were going to have a breakout game,” said Collins, whose team started the season 0-4. “We just didn’t know when. So we just work hard every day in practice and try our best. That’s all we can do. It worked out good today.”
The Indians (4-5 overall, 3-4 in the Valley) bounced back from an unfocused 6-1 loss at HHS in its second game of the season. They were out-hit 12-4 in that March 22 outing but turned the tables on the Blue Streaks (3-6, 2-4) in the rematch.
Wine and Collins each had RBI hits in the first inning as the Indians took a 2-0 lead on four consecutive one-out singles. The hits kept coming against HHS southpaw Sam Imeson. He gave up nine runs on 12 hits in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.
Collins capped a four-run second-inning rally with his first triple of the season, scoring two more runs to give the Indians a comfortable 6-1 lead. Lam, Wine and Collins — hitting third, fourth and fifth in the lineup, respectively — combined for nine hits and nine RBIs to lead Fort.
“We’re halfway through the season. We’ve only had one real game before this one where we came out and hit the ball pretty well,” Fort coach Vic Spotts said. “So we’ve been waiting to get a breakout game. … Now, can it continue? I don’t know. We’ve got [Turner Ashby] on Friday. You know, they’re pretty tough.”
Fort senior right-hander Jake Showalter (2-for-3, RBI) settled in on the mound after allowing a run on five hits in the first two innings. He gave up just two hits in the next three, walking just one batter overall with two strikeouts.
“He just played within himself,” said Lam, who finished 4-for-4 with three RBIs.
Designated hitter Kyle Templeton’s two-out single in the second inning gave the Streaks their lone run of the game, scoring center fielder Chris Whitelow.
“It’s a team sport and we’ve got to come ready to play in this district,” HHS coach Mark Mace said. “… Fort took the momentum from us from the start and kept it.”
Harrisonburg 010 00 – 1 7 1
Fort Defiance 240 32 – 11 14 1
Imeson, Dove (4), Jackson (5) and Baughman; Showalter and Lam. W—Showalter (2-2). L—Imeson (0-2).