DEFIANCE - A solid summer ACME baseball season came to a close for Wayne Trace Monday night as the Raiders fell to Fairview 10-1 at Defiance High School.

It was a night that saw the Apaches take control early, scoring three times in the first before adding another in the second for a 4-0 lead.

The Raiders picked up what ended up being their only run of the contest in the bottom of the second but Fairview wasn’t done.

The Apaches added single runs in the fifth and sixth before pulling away with a four-run seventh to seal the 10-1 win.

“I think we came in a little down after losing to Defiance,” stated Wayne Trace mentor Ryne Jerome. “Give Fairview credit, they came out and took advantage of some early chances.

Cade Ripke and Riley Puffinberger paced the Apache offense with two singles each and Caleb Frank recorded a double.

Wayne Trace’s Korbin Slade ripped a triple with Trevor Speice and Grant Baumle adding singles.

The Raiders had dropped to the loser’s bracket after falling to host Defiance 14-4 in the winner’s bracket final Sunday evening.

After scoring twice in the second to take a 2-0 lead, the Bulldogs broke the game open with an eight run third that expanded the margin to 10-0.

Wayne Trace did cut the deficit to 10-4 with a four-run fourth but Defiance closed out the game with three runs in the fourth and another in the fifth.

Blayne Robinson had two singles and a triple to lead the Bulldog offense with Adalberto Vega and Brandon Shaffer chipped in two singles each. Jacob Hutcheson added a single and a double as well.

Korbin Slade picked up a single for the lone Wayne Trace hit.

“Defiance is playing very well right now,” noted Raider coach Ryne Jerome. “They are a great baseball program and have picked up some very quality wins against a good schedule.”

Caden Kline pitched four innings to get the victory for Defiance, allowing one hit, four runs (three earned) and four walks while striking out eight.

With a solid summer following a very good spring season, Jerome is looking forward to the spring of 2019 for the Raider baseball program.

“It’s definitely something we need to build on,” Jerome stated of an ACME season that saw Wayne Trace finish 13-5. “That is something we talked to the guys about and we are lo