It’s safe to say the first and only WVSSAC baseball season for Collins Middle School turned out rather nicely.
Collins closed out a 15-0 campaign in early May with a 9-0 victory over PikeView.
Kyler Edwards was 2-for-2 for Collins in the contest. Gabe Truman was 1-for-1 and drove in a run. Seven PikeView errors helped CMS get its cushion.
Dylan Tincher struck out five and allowed just one hit in pitching the shutout.
Prior to that win, the Red Devils defeated Glenwood 24-3 and Bluefield 12-0.
Head coach Darrell Compton called it “pretty cool” to be a part of the unbeaten showing, especially in light of Collins giving way to Oak Hill Middle this coming year.
“The boys always played with a chip on their shoulder knowing they needed to prove they belong,” Compton said.
Team batting leaders included:
l Edwards, .521
l Jayden Mclain, .488
l Truman, .461
Injuries this spring sidelined players such as Braylan Thomas, Bailey Bess and Logan Braenovich at times, Compton said. “Braylan and Bailey were both key parts to our offense and defense,” he said. “Zayden Wolfe, Bryson Sapio (and) Ben Cogar stepped right in to take their spots. That was great to see that we had kids that could step up like that.”
Tincher led the mound crew with a 7-0 record and an ERA of .568, while Trent Rider was 7-0 with an era of .840.
Mclain was the primary closer, logging an ERA of .000.
Collins ended the season scoring 215 runs and giving up 28 runs to their opponents.
“I never thought we could come together like this as a team and play like we did,” said Compton. “The boys stepped up (and) believed in what they could do. It was a great team to coach.
“I’m glad myself and coach Brown had the opportunity.”
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