Erin earned first-team all-county honors as a shortstop last year after batting .525 with six home runs and 35 RBIs.
She has had some outstanding efforts on the mound this spring, although she has struggled at times with her control. Collins is 4-2 with a 3.89 ERA in 27 innings. She has given up 19 hits, and 18 walks.
Against Dulaney, she struck out 16 and gave up three hits and one earned run in an 11-2 victory. She also struck out 10 and yielded four hits and one earned run in an 11-1 win over Lansdowne.
"I think she is one of the top three pitchers in the county and when her control is on, she is dominant," Blama said. "She has the best changeup in the county, I will say that. What I love about her is that she isn't afraid to throw the changeup whether it's the first pitch to a batter or whether she is behind in the count."
Blama has used two other pitchers, senior Madison Moore and freshman McKenzy Hall.
"I think our pitching will get better," Blama said. "I think our freshman will throw more innings. She will be able to get more confidence and take some of that pressure off of Erin. Erin will continue to grow as a pitcher."
Collins thinks of herself as a shortstop but is adjusting to the mound.
"I don't consider myself a big pitcher," Collins said. "After a few games, I have gotten into a groove. I feel more comfortable now."
Hereford's offense also is clicking.
Collins, senior second baseman Caprice Roche (.525, 10 RBIs), senior third baseman Vanessa Hogan (.480), Moore (.412), an outfielder, and sophomore designated hitter Destiny Sutton (.385) lead Hereford.
"We are on the right track," Blama said. "We are hitting the ball like we should be and we are making the plays in the field. So we are definitely capable of being a ranked team and making it back to the county championship."