|Districts: Baumle shuts down Eagles in WT win|
|Friday, May 23, 2014 7:19 AM|
Aces up next for regional berth
By KEVIN WANNEMACHER • Progress Sportswriter
BRYAN – Addison Baumle struck out a dozen and Wayne Trace used a big fifth inning as the Lady Raiders cruised to a 6-0 victory over North Central in Division IV district semifinal action at Bryan Thursday night.
Wayne Trace, now 19-7 on the season, advances to battle fellow Green Meadows Conference squad Hicksville (16-3) in today’s district championship contest at 5 p.m. The Lady Aces defeated Edgerton 4-2 in district semifinal action last night.
After throwing a perfect game against Antwerp last week, Baumle followed it up by scattering five hits in Thursday’s win, allowing only three base runners to reach second base on the night.
“Addison did a nice job on the mound for us again tonight,” commented Wayne Trace head coach Jack Baumle. “Her pitches weren’t always working the way they were supposed to but she was able to mix it up speed wise and keep them off balance.”
North Central’s Sabrina Pickford opened the game with a single and stole second but would get no further. Baumle got Alyssa Swank to pop out before striking out Rachel Oxender and Abbey Litzenberg.
The Lady Raiders answered by getting on the board in the home half of the inning.
Emilie Linder led off with a single and took second on a wild pitch before a Brenda Feasby groundout moved Linder to third. Senior Libby Stabler then followed with a run-scoring single to put the Raiders in front 1-0.
“We were able to take advantage of our opportunities,” noted Baumle. “Defensively, our outfield played very well and made some big catches for us.”
Wayne Trace pushed the lead to 2-0 thanks to an Eagle error.
Linder led off and reached on an error by North Central center fielder Macayla Wildrick, reaching third on the play. The senior shortstop then scored on a sacrifice fly by Brenda Feasby to push the margin to 2-0.
North Central had its best chance to score in the fifth.
Tristin Tomblin singled to start the inning before Baumle struck out Kelsie Sutton and Wildrick flew out for the second out. However, Shayleigh Barnett reached on a Wayne Trace error and Pickford followed with a single to load the bases with two outs.
The Raider hurler, though, escaped without any damage by striking out Swank to end the inning.
What the Eagles couldn’t do, Wayne Trace did in the bottom of the fifth by taking advantage of North Central mistakes.
Linder started the inning by reaching on an error by Swank at third before Wildrick also misplayed the ball in left, allowing Linder to take second.
Feasby reached on an error by Pickford before Stabler reached via a bunt as all runners were safe to load the bases.
Bailey Bergman then hit a long fly ball to center field that was misplayed by Wildrick, scoring both Linder and Feasby for a 4-0 advantage.
Carley Wright followed with a fly ball to right field that saw another error by North Central, plating Bergman for a 5-0 advantage. Addison Baumle then drove in Wright with a sacrifice fly that pushed the margin to 6-0.
“We capitalized when we had the opportunity there and that was big,” continued the Raider mentor. “The girls did a good job of getting out of the top of the inning without giving up a run and then we came back and scored when we had the chance. The fifth inning all season has been a big inning for us and it certainly was tonight.”
The junior Raider pitcher retired eight of the final nine hitters she faced, including setting down North Central in order in the sixth. In the seventh, Baumle struck out Tomblin before Sutton popped out to third. After Wildrick singled, Barnett grounded out to Stabler to seal the win.
“Hicksville will be a challenge for us without a doubt,” noted the elder Baumle. “We have played them twice and split with them so we know they are very capable of hitting the ball well but so are we.”
Linder and Stabler each had a pair of singles for Wayne Trace with Bergman, Baumle, Crosby and Swary also adding singles.
Pickford and Tomblin both recorded two singles for North Central with Wildrick also getting a hit.
Makayla Hayes took the loss for North Central, giving up eight hits and six runs (one earned) while striking out three.
The winner of the Wayne Trace-Hicksville game will play either New Riegel (22-4) or Carey (16-6) in the regional semifinals in Findlay on Wednesday. The Blue Jackets and Blue Devils square off tonight in Kenton for a regional berth.
In the other two district finals, Lakota (17-7) plays Tiffin Calvert (9-10) in the district final at Fremont Ross while the district at Elida features Patrick Henry (19-3) against Van Buren (15-12).