DEFIANCE — Wayne Trace got off to the start it wanted Wednesday night at Ayersville High School. The Raiders struck first with a single run in the top of the first before adding three more in the top of the second, opening a quick 4-0 advantage over the Pilots.

However, it was all Ayersville from that point on as the host Pilots rallied to take a 6-4 ACME baseball victory over the Raiders.

On a night where both teams were short regular players, it came down to the little things that proved costly for Wayne Trace.

“We made some errors and they really hurt us,” noted Raider coach Ryne Jerome. “I thought we came out and did some very good things at the plate there in the first two innings. But we didn’t sustain that and Ayersville took advantage of some of our mistakes.”

The Pilots trimmed the deficit to 4-1 in the bottom of the second before picking up another single run in the third to make it 4-2.

After Ayersville added one more run in the home half of the fourth, the Pilots took control in the bottom of the fifth and opened a 6-4 advantage.

Brady Fishpaw picked up the win on the mound for the Pilots, tossing seven hits while striking out seven. He also allowed four Raider hits in the contest and walked three.

“He did a nice job on the mound for them,” Jerome continued. “He really shut us down after the third inning.”

Haydn Gillett, Braden Zuber, Cameron Sinn and Trevor Speice all had singles to pace the Raider attack.

Fishpaw and Devan Rue both had doubles for Ayersville while Braydon Amoroso added a single and a double.

Speice took the loss for Wayne Trace, tossing 1-2/3 innings while giving up one hit.

Wayne Trace returns to action on Friday as the Raiders host Tinora in doubleheader action starting at 5:00 p.m.