DHI Media Sports Writer

HAVILAND – In a classic high school baseball game Friday night, county rivals Paulding and Wayne Trace met for the last time as non-league rivals in playing to a 1-1, 14-inning tie that was stopped due to darkness.

The Raiders mustered their only run of the contest in the bottom of the fourth before Paulding answered with a single run in the sixth.

From there, both teams had chances but each squad’s pitching and defense kept the opponents off the scoreboard.

“There were chances for both of us and you have to give credit to the pitching and the defense in coming up with big plays,” commented Wayne Trace head coach Ryne Jerome. “It was a great high school baseball game and one of the best games I have had the opportunity to be a part of.”

Wayne Trace struck first in the contest.

Brendon Bidlack singled to lead off the bottom of the fourth before Panther pitcher Sam Woods retired both Cooper Wenzlick and Kyle Slade.

The Raiders, though, weren’t done.

After Bidlack advanced to third on a Panther error, Cale Winans singled to right field to score Bidlack for a 1-0 Raider advantage.

Paulding answered in the sixth to even the game at 1-1.

Deyton Price singled to start the inning before Wayne Trace hurler Trevor Speice struck out Andrew Adams for the first out.

Following a Hunter Kauser walk, Blake McGarvey hit into a fielder’s choice that moved Price to third as Kauser was thrown out at second to put runners on the corners.

The Panthers then executed a double steal as McGarvey took second and Price ran home to tie the game at 1-1.

Paulding would threaten again in the seventh but Wayne Trace escaped without any damage.

An infield single by Woods, a Jacob Martinez walk and a Logan Tope walk loaded the bases with one out. However, Price grounded into a 1-2-3 double play that kept the contest knotted at 1-1.

Neither team threatened again until the bottom of the 12th when Wayne Trace put two runners on with one out.

A sacrifice bunt by Dane Moore moved Winans to third and Speice to second with two outs before the Panthers’ McGarvey fanned Tyler Davis to keep the game tied.

Paulding got a leadoff triple to right field by Adams in the top of the 13th but it was Wayne Trace that would step up.

Raider hurler Kyle Forrer got Kauser to groundout before Wayne Trace catcher Tucker Antoine tagged out Adams trying to steal home. Forrer then fanned McGarvey for the third out to close out the inning.

The maroon and white then got another triple in the 14th, this time by Woods with one out, but Paulding failed to score again. Forrer struck out Ethan Foltz before Reid Johanns flied out to end the threat.

In its final at-bat, Wayne Trace put two runners on but the Raiders were unable to score. Winans reached on an error and Speice hit a two-out single to move Winans to second. However, the Panthers picked off Winans for the third and final out of the evening.

“Both teams had opportunities in extra innings but both teams made plays to get big outs,” Jerome added. “It was just a fun game to be a part of. It was mentally draining but just a fun game too.”

It is undetermined at this time if the game will be resumed at a future date.