HAVILAND - Wayne Trace captured a sectional championship Thursday evening as the Raiders posted an 11-2 victory over Edon at the home of the Raiders.

The Raiders took control of the game with a five-run third inning that put Wayne Trace on top 5-1.

Back-to-back singles from Hadyn Gillett and Caleb Schaefer started the frame before a Reid Miller bunt single loaded the bases with no outs.

After Korbin Slade hit a sacrifice fly that plated Gillett, Bomber pitcher Carson Brandt got Eli Sinn to pop out for the second out.

Drew Forrer then walked to load the bases before a Quinton Stabler walk scored Schaefer for a 2-1 Raider lead.

An infield single by Reece Thompson, combined with a throwing error by Edon shortstop Austin Kiess, scored both Miller and Forrer as the Raiders widened the margin to 4-1.

Wayne Trace then ended the inning with a double steal that plated Stabler to push the lead to 5-1.

“That was a big inning for us,” Raider head coach Ryne Jerome said. “I think that allowed us to relax a little bit and it gave us a little bit of confidence.”

Edon had its best scoring opportunity in the top of the fifth. Shane Zulch opened the frame with a double before a one-out single by Dylan Mason put runners on first and third. Kiess then was hit by a pitch to load the bases, ending the night for Raider starting pitcher Haydn Gillett.

After Zulch scored on a wild pitch by Grant Baumle, Baumle proceeded to shut the door on the Bombers with back-to-back strikeouts of Aidan Muehlfeld and Brandt to escape any further damage with the Raiders on top 5-2.

“Both pitchers did a nice job for us tonight,” Jerome said. “We had talked with Haydn prior to the game and he did exactly what we wanted him to do. Grant came in and threw the ball well for us as well. I was very pleased with both of them.”

Wayne Trace then sealed the outcome in the bottom of the fifth.

A single by Eli Sinn started the rally before a one-out double by Stabler scored Sinn for a 6-2 Wayne Trace advantage.

Dane Moore came in to run for Stabler and came around to score on a run-scoring double by Trevor Speice that widened the lead to 7-2.

Baumle reached on an error before a two-run double down the right field line by Gillett extended the margin to 9-2 Raiders. Gillett and Miller also would come around to touch home plate in the inning as Wayne Trace pushed the margin to 11-2 at the end of five innings.

“Offensively, everybody did a nice job of having good at-bats at the plate,” noted Jerome. “We felt coming in that we would be able to score runs and we did that tonight. I think the biggest thing for us was to play well defensively and we did that for the most part.”

Baumle retired all eight batters he faced relief to pick up the save, posting five strikeouts in 2-2/3 innings of work.

Gillett and Stabler both had a single and a double for the Raiders while driving in two runs each as well. Schaefer and Miller also posted a pair of singles for Wayne Trace with Speice recording a double.

Korbin Slade, Eli Sinn and Reece Thompson each chipped in a single for the Raiders.

Gillett recorded the win on the mound for Wayne Trace, tossing 4-1/3 innings while giving up five hits, two runs and a walk to go along with three strikeouts.

Brandt suffered the loss for the Bombers, surrendering five hits, five runs (three earned) and four walks in three innings of work.

Wayne Trace, now 11-8 on the season, will open district tournament action on Tuesday when the Raiders take on Paulding County and Green Meadows Conference rival Antwerp. The Archers advanced with a 4-0 victory over Ayersville Thursday night. Antwerp has currently won 9 of its last 11 games on the season to improve its record to 11-8 overall.