Wayne Trace’s Broc Forrer delivers a pitch to home plate during a doubleheader game at Wayne Trace High School Saturday afternoon. The Raiders split the twinbill with the Bombers. (Times Bulletin/Brian Bassett)
BY KEVIN WANNEMACHER
Times Bulletin Business Manager
HAVILAND - Wayne Trace and Edon hooked up Saturday for a doubleheader of high school baseball with the two squads splitting the two contests.
The visiting Bombers took the opener 4-2 behind the solid pitching of River Wicker and a pair of singles offensively by Brock Thiel.
In the second game, it was the host Raiders who jumped in front early 10-1 and then held off the Bombers for an 11-8 win.
Game one featured a pair of strong performances from each squad's starting pitchers. Wicker and Wayne Trace's Cade Harvey. Each pitched complete games and combined to strike out 15 hitters while allowing only ten hits.
After a scoreless first, the Bombers plated three unearned runs in the second to open a quick lead.
Matt Cook opened the inning, reaching second on a Wayne Trace fielding error, and Edon took advantage. A run-scoring single by Thiel plated Cook, with Thiel taking second when the throw by Wayne Trace center fielder Broc Forrer was late getting to the plate.
Jacob Brown followed with a RBI single to left to score Thiel as the Bombers quickly made it 2-0. A sacrifice bunt by Wicker advanced Brown to second, Trevor Green grounded out to second to move Brown to third with two outs.
Taylor Headley then singled to left to score Brown for a 3-0 Bomber margin.
Wayne Trace got two runs back in the home half of the third. Jacob Dingus opened the frame with a walk before Caleb Mead singled to right to put runners at the corners.
Jared Sherry grounded out to Cook at first base but the grounder did score Dingus to get the Raiders within 3-1.
After Harvey was hit by a pitch, Colby Speice ripped a RBI single to center to get the red-white-and-blue within 3-2. Wicker, though, escaped further damage by striking out Broc Forrer and Marcus McVay to end the Raider threat.
Edon added its final run in the fourth. A single by Thiel started the inning, who moved to second and third on a passed ball. Following a Harvey strikeout of Brown, Wicker grounded out to Wayne Trace second baseman Zach Mansfield, scoring Thiel to make it 4-2.
"We had some mental lapses today that have been uncharacteristic of us this year," commented Raider head coach Larry Pressler. "The kids kept battling and we gave ourselves an opportunity to win."
Harvey escaped further damage in the fifth. With runners at second and third and two outs, Harvey got Cook to fly out to Forrer in center field for the third out.
While Harvey got out without damage by the Bombers, Wicker did the same to Wayne Trace.
Wayne Trace had runners on first and second in the seventh with one out but was unable to do anything further. Wicker got Mead to pop out to first before Sherry grounded out to short to end the contest.
Harvey, Speice, Forrer, T.J. Blackmore, Dingus and Mead all had singles for the Raiders. Game two saw the Raiders jump in front early.
After Edon scored in its first at bat, it was all Wayne Trace.
The Raiders got a single run in the first before adding five in the second and four in the third to post a 10-1 advantage.
"It was good to see the kids bounce back after suffering a loss and just come out and play," Pressler continued. "They came out with the attitude that we had to come right back and get after it and we did that."
Forrer led the Raider offense in the second game with two singles and a double while Harvey and Mead posted a pair of singles each. Marcus McVay, T.J. Blackmore and Andy Hicks all had singles for the red-white-and-blue.
Forrer picked up the victory, pitching a complete game while fanning seven and walking three.
The Raiders are now 4-1 on the season.
Wayne Trace returns to action Monday, barring inclement weather, as the Raiders host county rival Antwerp.