Sports Writer

HAVILAND - Wayne Trace scored in every at-bat and the Raiders cruised to a 10-0 win over visiting Fayette Tuesday in Division IV boys baseball sectional action.

The Raiders scored one run in the first inning before adding two more in the second and one in the third for a 4-0 advantage.

Wayne Trace then broke the game open with a six-run fourth to wrap up the five-inning victory and move on to Thursday’s sectional championship contest. The Raiders (9-9) visit Hilltop (16-6) in the sectional title game, which is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

“This time of year, we just want to find a way to win and move on and we did that,” noted Raider head coach Ryne Jerome. “We did some good things tonight and I thought we got better offensively as the game went. We became more patient and did a better job of having quality at-bats.”

With Haydn Gillett on third and Brendan Bidlack on second, Reid Miller struck out before Korbin Slade laid down a sacrifice bunt to score Gillett for a 1-0 advantage.

Bidlack also came around third and attempted to score but was thrown out at the plate to keep 1-0 Raiders.

Braden Zuber to open the Raider second and Trevor Speice followed with a run-scoring double. Two batters later, Grant Baumle grounded out but drove in Speice for a 3-0 Wayne Trace lead.

A Bidlack single opened the Wayne Trace third before a Reid Miller bunt single led to a Fayette error that scored Bidlack and sent Miller to third with no outs.

The Raider rally would end there, though, as Wayne Trace took a 4-0 advantage into the fourth inning.

“We had some opportunities there early in the game that we were probably a little overaggressive,” Jerome added.

Wayne Trace then broke the game wide open in the fourth.

Caleb Yenser and Grant Baumle opened the fourth with consecutive singles before Drew Forrer reached on an error, scoring Yenser.

After Gillett walked to load the bases, Bidlack flew out to center field to score Baumle for a 6-0 Raider lead.

Miller drew a walk to again load the bases before a two-run single from Korbin Slade expanded the margin to 8-0, plating Forrer and Gillett.

Miller and Slade also came around to score later in the inning, thanks to an error and a balk, as the red, white and blue pushed the lead to 10-0.

While the Wayne Trace offense was productive, the Raider pitching staff shut down the Eagles.

Zuber, Slade and Yenser combined to throw the five innings and limit Fayette to two hits and two walks while striking out nine.

“I thought all three guys threw the ball effectively,” noted the Raider head coach. “Defensively, we did a good job of making the plays when we had to. It was a good game for us but we know that we have to better as well on Thursday.”

Haydn Gillett posted a double with two runs batted in for Wayne Trace while Korbin Slade added a single, scored a run and drove in three runs.

Trevor Speice also hit a double, scored one run and posted a run batted in for the Raiders with Grant Baumle and Brendan Bidlack scoring once, picking up a single and driving in one. Reid Miller, Drew Forrer and Caleb Yenser all had a single and scored as well for Wayne Trace.

Tanner Lemley had a double and Ray Kope added a single for Fayette.