DHI Media Sports Writer

PIONEER – Wayne Trace made the long trip to Pioneer Saturday for a baseball doubleheader and the Raiders cruised to a pair of victories over host North Central.

The Raiders used a four-run second to post a 5-1 win in the opener over the Eagles before jumping in front early and cruising to a 9-4 victory in game two.

After the Eagles scored in the bottom of the first in game one for a 1-0 advantage, Wayne Trace responded with a four-run second to seize a 4-1 lead. The red, white and blue then followed that up with a single run in the sixth to wrap up the 5-1 win.

Allen Minck got the win for Wayne Trace, pitching the complete game and scattering three hits and striking out four Eagle hitters.

“He threw the ball well for us today,” commented Wayne Trace head coach Ryne Jerome. “We had a long night last night so I didn’t know how we would respond but the guys came ready to play and we played well for the most part today.”

Carter Baksa, Cooper Wenzlick and Kyle Slade each had a pair of singles to lead the Wayne Trace offense, with Slade also driving in a pair of runs.

Tucker Antoine, Trevor Speice, Jayden Molitor and Tyler Davis all had one single for the Raiders.

North Central’s Ethan Beard suffered the loss, pitching the full seven innings allowing ten hits, five earned runs and six walks while striking out four.

Kaiden Russell, Sam Wheeler and Connor Gendron had the hits for the Eagles, all singles.

In the second game, the red, white and blue plated three runs in the first and never looked back in coasting to the 9-4 win.

North Central did pull within 3-2 after scoring twice in the third but Wayne Trace added a single run in the fourth for a 4-2 lead.

The Raiders then scored three more times in the top of the fifth to expand the margin to 7-2 in breaking the game open.

North Central trimmed the deficit by scoring a single run in the fifth to pull within 7-3 but Wayne Trace again answered, scoring twice in the sixth to widen the lead to 9-3. The Eagles then got their final run in the bottom of the seventh.

Tyler Davis pitched 3-1/3 innings to get the win for the Raiders, surrendering two hits, two runs (one earned) and two walks with two strikeouts. Cale Winans and Tucker Antoine also saw action on the mound for Wayne Trace.