VAN WERT - Wayne Trace made the trip to Van Wert Wednesday night to take on the host Cougars in ACME baseball action.

After the hosts opened a slim lead midway through the contest, the Raiders finished off the game with seven unanswered runs in rolling to an 8-2 victory over the Cougars.

Wayne Trace coach Mike Jerome was very pleased with the play of his Raider squad that improves to 5-0 on the summer season.

“It was a total team effort,” noted the Raider head coach. “We were able to get some quality pitching and mixed in a strong defensive game as well. On top of that, we put together good at bats and hit the ball very well. It is a very quality victory over a good baseball team in Van Wert.”

Wayne Trace struck first in the contest, scoring once in the opening frame before Van Wert tied the game with a single run off of a pair of Raider errors.

The Cougars took their only lead of the game in the bottom of the fourth after Keaton Brown doubled and then eventually scored for a 2-1 Van Wert advantage.

However, the Raiders took control in the top of the sixth.

A two-run double by Korbin Slade put Wayne Trace in front for good at 3-2 and Trevor Speice followed with a RBI double that scored Slade for a 4-2 lead.

The Raiders added two more runs in the inning, widening the advantage to 6-2 going to the bottom of the sixth.

“We took advantage of our opportunities there in the sixth,” Jerome noted. “We put together some good, quality at-bats and were able to come up with some key hits.”

Wayne Trace then put the game away in the seventh, scoring twice more to set the final margin at 8-2.

Korbin Slade had two singles and a double to pace the Raider offense while driving in four runs as well. Reid Miller added a pair of singles for Wayne Trace and Trevor Speice chipped in a double.

Haydn Gillett and Reece Thompson recorded a single each as well for the Raiders.

“It was a good all-around game for us,” Jerome commented. “Offensively, defensively, pitching - all three areas were solid tonight. Van Wert is a high quality opponent and to come over here and be able to get a win, that is a good win for us.”

Grant Baumle got the win on the mound, throwing three innings in relief for Wayne Trace. Baumle kept the Cougars hitless and struck out one.

Haydn Gillett started for Wayne Trace, giving up one earned run and a pair of hits in four innings of action.

“Both pitchers did a nice job for us,” concluded Jerome. “Haydn really kept them off balance by mixing in his off-speed pitches and Grant was just lights out for us.”

Van Wert managed only two hits in the contest, getting a double by Keaton Brown and a single from Jalen McCracken.