Three pitchers combined for a one-hitter as Wayne County Jets Blue defeated Kinston in mercy-rule fashion, 13-1, on Monday evening.
Wayne County’s “senior” team rallied from an early deficit, but fell 7-3 to the highly-touted Garner Nationals for the second time in a seven-day period.
The Jets are back in action today at the Eastern Carolina Athletic Park. The Blue team faces Raketown at 5:45 p.m., followed by the senior group, which is slated to play Kinston.
Moffett sparks Jet Blue
Mason Moffett allowed a lead-off single and sent three Battleship hitters back to port on strikeouts during his three-inning stint on the hill. It was his first start of the season.
Despite four walks, he benefited from stellar defense that shifted well on each pitch put into play. WC turned an inning-ending double play in the first, while catcher Tyler Horton gunned down runners on stolen-base attempts in the second and third innings.
“Moffett was excellent,” said Jets Blue head coach Colton Chrisman. “He was attacking the strike zone, going right after guys.”
Bullpen mates Hunter Theriac and DJ Madrigal combined for two innings of five-strikeout relief. Theriac struck out the side in the fourth.
Madrigal emerged as the offensive leader with three hits, three RBI and two runs scored. Rhett Johnson (RBI), Gavin Johnson, Ben Peacock, Davis Albert (RBI) and Horton (three RBI) registered one hit apiece.
Pesky Nats bother Jets
Wayne County found some offensive power late.
Logan Price’s lead-off walk ignited a three-run, fifth-inning surge that trimmed Garner’s advantage to 4-3.
Will Albert moved Price into scoring position with a double. Price trotted home on Tanner Capps’ base knock, while Albert scored on Clay Matthews’ two-out single to the right side.
Capps and Logan Merritt provided two hits apiece for the Jets, who dropped to 11-2 overall this season. Matthews, Sam Rice, Drew Spencer and Will Albert each contributed one hit.
Josh Hartsfield took the mound loss.
“Very proud of our guys tonight,” Jets head coach Adam Pate said. “We played good enough to win the game. We just played a very good team who played a little better. I am very pleased with how we played in all facets of the game.”