Jets claim pair of thrilling wins at ECAP

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GOLDSBORO - Mid-afternoon “pop-up” storms settled the dust on the Eastern Carolina Athletic Park fields Tuesday evening.

Wayne County’s baseball teams provided the lightning strikes against separate opponents.

Andrew Eltz drew a bases-loaded, walk-off walk in the bottom of the 10th inning to propel the Jets’ Blue team to a 6-5 victory over Cary.

In the nightcap, pitchers Josh Hartsfield and Will Harris combined for a four-hitter as the Jets blanked Wilson Elite, 2-0.

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Cary knotted the contest at 5-5 in the seventh.

Neither team managed to put a runner in scoring position until the decisive 10th.

After two strikeouts, Austin Dilda sawed off a two-strike pitch and eventually walked. Daniel Kornegay reached on an error, which moved Dilda into scoring position at third.

The two stayed put when Rhett Johnson drew a four-pitch walk.

A late-game entry, Eltz also drew a four-pitch walk, which scored Dilda and sealed the Jets’ fifth victory of the season.

Cameron Aycock emerged as the winning pitcher with 3 2/3 innings of four-hit, four-strikeout relief.

Wayne County cobbled out six hits and logged a season-high 18 strikeouts in the scorebook.

Johnson and Tyler Horton each doubled in the extra-inning affair. Ben Peacock (RBI), Davis Albert, Campbell Cunningham and Daniel Kornegay provided one hit apiece.

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Hartsfield hurled 74 pitches and sat down seven Wilson batters on strikeouts in five innings of work.

The Barton commit didn’t allow a runner on base after the second inning and retired the 12 of the final 13 batters he faced. The Elite went down 1-2-3 in each of the third, fourth and fifth innings.

Will Harris, a rising senior at Rosewood, issued a single in the sixth and walk in the seventh. He induced a game-ending double play in the seventh, which secured the Jets’ 11th victory of the season.

Logan Merritt gave Wayne County its first run - a bases-loaded RBI walk in the second inning.

The Jets plated an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth.

Drew Spencer connected on a lead-off single and moved to second on a walk to Logan Price. Both runners moved into scoring position when Wilson’s pitcher plunked Braden Collins.

Clay Matthews drove home Spencer on a two-strike single up the middle. A rising senior at Charles B. Aycock, Matthews ended the night 2-for-3 with a walk.

Blake Dilda batted 1-for-2.

Neither team committed an error.

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