BY KEVIN WANNEMACHER
Times Bulletin Business Manager
HAVILAND - One bad inning proved to be the difference for the Wayne Trace baseball team on Monday afternoon as visiting Antwerp rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Raiders.
Wayne Trace controlled the contest through four innings, as junior Colby Speice no hit the Archers through four innings.
The Raiders scored single runs in the first and third as Wayne Trace held a 2-0 lead entering the fifth.
However, Antwerp rallied in the top of the fifth.
The Archers plated three runs, scoring on a fielders choice, a bloop single and a wild pitch to rally for the slim victory.
Wayne Trace falls to 4-2 on the year.
Speice finished the contest with a complete game effort, giving up two hits, two earned runs and five walks while striking out seven Archer hitters
The Raider junior also had a pair of singles to lead the Wayne Trace offense, which managed just four hits.
Sophomore Jacob Dingus and junior Jared Sherry also had singles for the red-white-blue.
Antwerp junior Joe Buerkle struggled on the mound for the Archers. Buerkle started the contest and lasted only two innings, allowing two hits, two earned runs and three walks while posting a pair of strikeouts.
However, fellow junior Tyler Messman relieved and settled the Archers down. Messman pitched the final five innings of the contest, allowing only a pair of hits and a walk while holding the Raiders scoreless to pick up the victory.
Sophomore Collin Perry and junior Derek Smalley had the lone Antwerp hits in the contest, both singles.
Wayne Trace visits Edgerton in Green Meadows Conference action on Thursday. The Raiders then return to action on Saturday as the red-white-blue welcomes in Lincolnview for a doubleheader.
HAVILAND - Wayne Trace overcame a struggling start and rallied for a 7-3 win over visiting Heritage (IN) Monday night in Paulding County.
The Lady Raiders gave up a pair of runs in the opening frame of the contest but would rally from that point forward.
Wayne Trace answered with a single run in the home half of the first and took the lead for good with a three-run second to make it 4-2.
After the visiting Patriots sliced the deficit to 4-3 in the fifth, the red-white-blue added two more runs in the home portion of the fifth to widen the lead to 6-3. Wayne Trace then closed the scoring with a single run in the sixth.
Senior Kaleigh Young hit a home run for the third straight game to pace the Raider offense while also adding a single.
Sophomore Addison Baumle added a double and a home run for the Raiders with fellow sophomore Molly Crosby picking up three singles. Junior Emilie Linder and sophomore Mackenzie Swary added two singles and one single, respectively.
Baumle also recorded the victory, pitching a complete game while allowing six hits and a pair of earned runs. The sophomore hurler fanned three and walked one.
"We got off to a slow start but the girls did a good job of overcoming the mistakes and battling back," noted Raider head coach Jack Baumle. "We worked our way back into it and then we were able to get some late runs to seal the win. It was a good overall team effort."
The Lady Raiders remain unbeaten on the season at 4-0.
Sophomore Kamio Gilreath suffered the loss for the Lady Patriots, allowing ten hits and seven earned runs while fanning seven and walking two.
Freshman Emma Fifer had a triple for Heritage with Gilreath adding a single.
Sophomore Lauren Wherry and sophomore Kendall Knapke each picked up a pair of singles as well for Heritage.
Wayne Trace hits the road the rest of the week. The lady Raiders make the long trip to Edgerton on Thursday before visiting Hicksville on Friday.
The red-white-and-blue then concludes the week with a road trip to Ayersville to take part in the eight-team Pilot Invitational.