HAVILAND – Wayne Trace head coach Amber Showalter recorded the 100th victory of her career Thursday night in Division IV girls sectional softball action as the Lady Raiders routed visiting Cory Rawson 20-1 in five innings.

The win improves Showalter to 100-64 for her seven-year career at the home of the Raiders.

“It is an honor but it just shows that we have a quality softball program and I have been blessed to have tremendous players and coaches,” stated the Raider head coach. “These girls have worked very hard and I am very proud of what they have accomplished this year.”

On Thursday, the red, white and blue seized control early with a seven-run first inning with all coming after two were out.

With the bases loaded, Ava Zartman was hit by a pitch to score Kaitlin Slade before Logen Bland walked to plate Paige Alber. Katie Anna Baumle followed with a single that brought Alivia Miller in to score for a 3-0 lead and Zartman took home on a wild pitch for a 4-0 advantage. After Laura Thornell reached on a fielder’s choice that allowed Allison Schilt to touch home plate, a two-run double from Macy Doster scored both Baumle and Thornell for the 7-0 lead.

Zartman added a two-run double in the second that plated both Alber and Miller to extend the margin to 9-0 before Cory Rawson found the scoreboard in the third.

Franki Duncan singled to start the Hornet half of the third and Averie Elchert followed with a single to push Duncan to third. Morgan McVetta then grounded out to Zartman but Duncan came in to score as Cory Rawson broke up the shutout.

Wayne Trace then put up seven more runs in the home half of the frame as Bland hit a two-run home run as the red, white and blue expanded the lead to 16-1.

“I want to thank the coaches as they have done a great job not only this year but since I have been here,” Showalter continued. “Kayla and Mark do an awesome job and they are as much a part of the success we have been able to enjoy. This year’s group of girls have put in so much time and they have been willing to put in the work and just get better so they have made it enjoyable as well. It is a great group of kids.”

Doster finished the night with a pair of doubles while driving in two runs and scoring once. Bland added a single and a home run, scored once and picked up four runs batted in while Zartman totaled five runs batted in to go along with a single and a double while scoring twice.

Tatum Tigner, Kaitlin Slade, Paige Alber, Katie Anna Baumle and Allison Schilt also had hits for the Raiders.

Allison Noggle, Natalie Stoller, Anna Miller, Schilt, Thornell and Baumle all scored once for Wayne Trace with Tigner and Slade each scoring twice. Alber and Alivia Miller touched home plate three times each for the red, white and blue.

Bland got the win on the mound for the Lady Raiders, throwing four innings giving up three hits, one earned run and two walks with three strikeouts. Tianna Sinn finished off the victory, pitching the final frame with two strikeouts.

Franki Duncan led the way for Cory Rawson with a pair of singles and a run scored while Averie Elchert also added a single.

The Lady Raiders, who improve to 17-5 on the season, resume action on Tuesday, May 17, when Wayne Trace travels to Elida for a 4:00 p.m. district semifinal game against Lima Central Catholic. North Baltimore and Leipsic then square off in the second district semifinal contest of the night at Elida.