HAVILAND – Wayne Trace scored in five of six innings and the Raiders cruised to a 10-2 win over visiting Edgerton to capture the Division IV Sectional championship Thursday night at Wayne Trace High School.

Tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the third, the red, white and blue opened the game up in the home half of the frame.

After Kyle Slade struck out, Cooper Wenzlick was hit by a pitch before Kyle Forrer struck out for the second out.

A walk to Allen Minck put two runners on and brought up sophomore second baseman Breven Anderson. Anderson responded with a single to right field with Wenzlick putting on the brakes rounding third as it appeared Wayne Trace would have the bases loaded. However, the throw in from Edgerton right fielder Jayson Schliesser was offline and mishandled as it squirted free, allowing Wenzlick to score and put Forrer on third and Anderson reached second.

Lane Morehead then produced a crucial two-out hit for the Raiders, ripping a single to center field that scored both Forrer and Anderson for a 4-1 Wayne Trace advantage.

“That was a huge at-bat for us,” stated Raider head coach Ryne Jerome. “To get those other two runs there just created a little bit of space and that was big.”

The red, white and blue added to the margin in the fourth.

Tucker Antoine reached on an Edgerton error to start the inning before stealing second and taking third on a wild pitch. Antoine then came in to score as Cale Winans ripped an RBI single to put Wayne Trace on top 5-1.

Wayne Trace continued to extend the lead in the fifth, getting three more runs.

Morehead was hit by a pitch to start the frame and Head walked to put runners on first and second. After Antoine singled to center to load the bases, Morehead scored as Winans hit into a fielder’s choice for a 6-1 lead.

Head came into score on a Slade sacrifice fly before a run-scoring single plated Antoine to put Wayne Trace on top 8-1 entering the sixth.

“I thought this was a total team effort tonight and we got contributions from everybody in the lineup,” added the Raider mentor. “This was top to bottom one of our better games of the season as we put good at-bats together throughout the lineup.”

Edgerton did get one run back in the sixth, using back-to-back singles by Quentin Blue, Cole Meyer and Cory Herman to cut the deficit to 8-2.

However, the red, white and blue put the game away in the bottom of the inning with two more runs.

With two outs and Anderson on first, Head walked to advance Anderson to second. After Brady Miller pinch ran for Anderson, Antoine ripped a run-scoring single to left field that plated Miller for a 9-2 Raider lead. Winans then wrapped up the scoring with a single that drove in Head to set the final margin at 10-2.

“We talked after the game about staying focused and playing one game at a time,” Jerome commented. “We know that we must get better each night and be ready to play every game because opponents just keep getting better as you advance. We are looking forward to the opportunity to play in the district next week and know that we must come ready to compete.”

Antoine led the Raider attack with four hits in the contest while Winans and Head each scored twice for Wayne Trace. Slade and Morehead both picked up a pair of runs batted in as well.

Winans, Slade, Wenzlick, Minck, Anderson and Morehead all picked up one hit each for the Raiders.

Minck recorded the victory on the mound for Wayne Trace, tossing five innings allowing six hits, one earned run and one walk while striking out six.

“That is how Allen pitches,” Jerome noted. “He isn’t going to go out and strikeout out a lot of hitters but he forces them to put the ball in play and allows our defense to make plays.”

Forrer picked up the final two frames, striking out one while allowing two hits and an unearned run.

Corey Everetts took the loss for Edgerton, throwing four frames giving up six hits, six runs (five earned) and four walks with two strikeouts. Nate Swank pitched the final two innings, surrendering four hits, four earned runs and three walks while striking out one.

Kadyn Picillo led the way for the Bulldogs with three hits with Quentin Blue, Nate Swank, Warren Nichols, Cory Herman and Cole Meyer adding a hit each.

Linescore:

Edgerton 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 = 2 runs, 9 hits, 4 errors

Wayne Trace 1 0 3 1 3 2 x = 10 runs, 10 hits, 3 errors

Winning Pitcher – Allen Minck (5 innings, 6 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 8 strikeouts, 1 walk)

Other Wayne Trace Pitcher – Kyle Forrer (2 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 1 strikeout, 0 walks)

Losing Pitcher – Corey Everetts (4 innings, 6 hits, 6 runs, 3 earned runs, 2 strikeouts, 4 walks)

Other Edgerton Pitcher – Nate Swank (2 innings, 4 hits, 4 runs, 4 earned runs, 1 strikeout, 3 walks)

Wayne Trace Hitters – Tucker Antoine (three singles, double, run, RBI), Cale Winans (single, two runs, RBI), Kyle Slade (single, two RBI), Cooper Wenzlick (single, run), Allen Minck (single, run), Breven Anderson (single, two runs), Lane Morehead (single, run, two RBI), Tyler Head (two runs)

Edgerton Hitters – Cole Meyer (single), Cory Herman (single, RBI), Warren Nichols (double), Nate Swank (single, run), Kadyn Picillo (two singles, double), Quentin Blue (two singles, run)

Wayne Trace (21-2) advances to district semifinal play in Bryan on Wednesday, May 25, at 4:00 p.m.

Edgerton concludes the season with a record of 9-13 overall.