Raiders beat Paulding to set up showdown with Archers

PAULDING – The Wayne Trace baseball team improved to 5-0 in the Green Meadows Conference and 13-1 overall with a 4-2 win over county rival Paulding Tuesday night.

The Panthers struck first, getting a Sam Woods single to start the game before advancing to second on a Casey Agler sacrifice bunt.

After Jacob Martinez grounded out, Logan Tope hit a run-scoring single to left field that plated Woods for a 1-0 Panther advantage.

Wayne Trace broke into the scoring column in the top of the third.

With one out, Cale Winans walked before Kyle Slade struck out for the second out. Cooper Wenzlick followed with a double that moved Winans to third before Allen Minck recorded a two-run single for a 2-1 Raider lead.

Martinez started the home half of the third with a double for the Panthers and Tope added a single to move Martinez to third. Isaac Reeb flew out and Ethan Foltz struck out but the maroon and white tied the contest at 2-2 when Martinez scored on a wild pitch with Reid Johanns at the plate. Minck went on to strike out Johanns to keep the game knotted going to the fourth frame.

The Raiders took the lead for good in the fourth, getting a Tyler Davis single to start the inning.

Lane Morehead popped out but Breven Anderson singled with one out to move Davis to second. After Tucker Antoine lined out, Winans doubled to score Davis and put Wayne Trace in front 3-2.

Minck drew a one-out walk in the fifth before a single from Kyle Forrer and a Davis walk loaded the bases. Evan Crosby then hit a sacrifice fly to the right field that plated Minck for the final run of the contest.

Paulding did put two runners on in the sixth as Johanns and Jones each reached via back-to-back Raider errors with two outs. Minck escaped any damage though as Jones was thrown out trying to steal second.

In the seventh, Larkin Yates reached on a Wayne Trace error to start the inning before Minck struck out Woods and then posted back-to-back groundouts from Agler and Martinez to end the contest.

“He threw the ball pretty well tonight but really got stronger over the last four innings,” noted Raider head coach Ryne Jerome of Minck’s performance on the mound. “Offensively, we put together some hits there in the middle innings and found ways to get some runs. It’s a good win for us. “

Minck finished the night with three strikeouts in the complete-game effort while giving up five hits, two earned runs and two walks.

The victory also sets up a Green Meadows Conference showdown between league unbeatens Antwerp (8-1 overall, 5-0 GMC) and Wayne Trace at the home of the Raiders Thursday night.

“It should be a good one,” noted Jerome. “Both teams have played good baseball this year and it should be a great crowd.”

Minck topped Wayne Trace’s offense with two singles, a run scored and two runs batted in while Davis added two singles and a run scored.

Winans chipped in a double, a run scored and a run batted in and Wenzlick doubled and scored.

Martinez suffered the loss for the Panthers, surrendering eight hits, four earned runs and two walks with three strikeouts in five innings of work. Johanns pitched the final two frames, fanning two and giving up one hit.

Tope posted two singles with a run batted in for Paulding while Martinez doubled and scored. Woods and Ethan Foltz had the remaining two hits for the Panthers.

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