BRYAN — Eli Sinn, Caleb Schaefer and Haydn Gillett all drove in a pair of runs to lead the Wayne Trace Raiders to an 8-0 victory over county and conference rival Antwerp Wednesday night at Ray Sumpter Field in Bryan.

With the victory, the Raiders advance to the Division IV district championship contest on Friday as Wayne Trace battles another Green Meadows Conference opponent in Hicksville. The Aces advanced to the district title game with a 10-0 blanking of Hilltop Wednesday night.

Gillett had a single and a double for Wayne Trace with Schaefer adding two singles to pace a Raider offense that had eight hits but also drew four walks from Antwerp pitching. The Raiders also took advantage of five Antwerp errors in the contest.

“I thought we played well in all three areas tonight,” commented Raider head coach Ryne Jerome. “Pitching, defense, offense, the guys did a good job in all three tonight.”

Wayne Trace struck first in the contest, scoring four times with two outs in the bottom of the third.

Grant Baumle hit a two-out single to start the rally before a walk to Hadyn Gillett put two runners on.

The Raiders then got on the scoreboard when Caleb Schaefer reached on an Antwerp error that also scored both Baumle and Gillett for a 2-0 Wayne Trace lead.

Following consecutive walks to Reid Miller and Korbin Slade to load the bases, Eli Sinn ripped a two-run single to left field that pushed the Raider advantage to 4-0.

“Mistakes hurt us tonight,” stated Antwerp coach Zac Feasby. “We had some uncharacteristic errors and Wayne Trace took advantage. That one inning really hurt us tonight.”

Wayne Trace scored two more runs with two outs in the fourth.

With two out and Dane Moore on first, Gillett ripped a RBI double to right center to score Moore for a 5-0 lead.

The Raiders made it 6-0 one batter later, getting a run-scoring single by Schaefer that plated Gillett.

Wayne Trace closed out the game’s scoring in the bottom of the sixth.

With two out and Reece Thompson on second, Gillett singled sharply to center field to score Thompson before Schaefer added a RBI single that plated Gillett to make it 8-0.

The Raiders then closed out the night by shutting down the Archers in the seventh to wrap up the 8-0 victory.

“I think we surprised some people this year with our success,” Feasby concluded. “But we felt all along that we could have some success. The guys have worked hard and I am proud of their efforts this year.”

Zuber finished the night with eight strikeouts while giving up only four hits and one walk in recording the complete game win.

Dylan Peters took the loss for Antwerp, allowing four hits, six runs (two earned) and four walks to go along with five strikeouts.

Cole Seslar had the lone extra-base hit for the Archers, a double. Jake Eaken, Dylan Hines and Keaton Altimus all had singles for Antwerp.

Haydn Gillett had a single and a double to go along with three runs scored and two runs batted in to top the Raiders. Caleb Schaefer had two singles for Wayne Trace with two runs batted in. Reid Miller added a double for the Raiders.

Eli Sinn, Quinton Stabler and Grant Baumle all had singles for Wayne Trace.

The Raiders return to action on Friday when Wayne Trace tangles with Hicksville in Division III action.