By KEVIN WANNEMACHER

Sports Writer

HAVILAND - Katie Doster, Emily Dyson and Libby Wenzlick all had two singles and the Wayne Trace Lady Raiders cruised to a 7-0 victory over Lima Central Catholic in Division IV sectional softball action at Raider Field Friday evening.

Wayne Trace scored all of the runs it would need in the bottom of the first.

Emily Dyson drew a leadoff walk before Olivia Egnor was hit by a pitch. Keegann Parrish followed with a bunt single to load the bases before a single by Libby Wenzlick plated Dyson for a 1-0 Raider advantage.

Tiffany Sinn, who was a courtesy runner for Egnor, scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0 and Parrish came in to score on a passed ball for a 3-0 Raider advantage.

“It was far from our best game but we found a way to win,” noted Raider head coach Amber Showalter. “We put some hits together to score some runs and our defense made plays as well.”

In the second, the Raiders added three more runs to the lead.

Meagan Speice started the home half of the second with a single before Claire Sinn flew out.

Dyson followed with a one-out single to left that, combined with a Thunderbird fielding error, put runners at second and third.

After Egnor reached on a LCC error to load the bases, Parrish was hit by a pitch to score Speice and make it 4-0.

Following a Wenzlick strikeout, Eklund ripped a two-run double to make it 6-0 Lady Raiders.

Wayne Trace picked up its final run of the contest in the bottom of the fourth.

Wenzlick led off the frame with a single before an Eklund sacrifice bunt moved Wenzlick to third with one out. Emma Crosby then drove in Wenzlick on a groundout to second that set the final margin at 7-0.

Although the Raiders were in control throughout the contest, Showalter knows that Wayne Trace must do a better job of taking advantage of opportunities to continue down the tournament trail. The Lady Raiders stranded 11 baserunners in the contest, including eight in scoring position.

“We left a lot of runners on base tonight,” added the Raider mentor. “That is an area that we need to become more consistent in and find a way to get those runs home. We can’t keep missing scoring opportunities like that.”

Lady Raider senior pitcher Madilyn Brigner kept the Thunderbird offense in check throughout the contest.

Brigner limited Lima Central Catholic to four hits while striking out eight hitters and walking one. The Thunderbirds left two runners each on in the second, fourth and fifth innings.

“Madi threw the ball well for us tonight,” continued Showalter. “She did a nice job of mixing things up and keeping them off balance. Defensively, we played pretty well tonight as well and just made the plays when we had to.”

Claire Sinn and Anne Eklund both had a double for Wayne Trace while Keegann Parrish posted a single.

Jaylen Rhoem recorded a double for Lima Central Catholic while Sophia Santaguida, Hannah Riepenhoff and Kennedy Parker added a single each.

Rhoem took the loss for the Lady Thunderbirds, tossing six innings while giving up nine hits, seven runs (four earned) and five walks. Rhoem struck out five as well for Lima Central Catholic.

The Raiders advance to the district semifinal against Crestview at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 at Elida. That winner will play for the district championship against Parkway or Lincolnview on Friday, May 17. Game time is 5 p.m. at Elida.