|Lady Raiders on to regionals|
By KEVIN WANNEMACHER • Progress Sportswriter
BRYAN – Wayne Trace punched its ticket to the regional tournament on Friday evening as the Lady Raiders downed Hicksville 5-2 in the Division IV district championship at Bryan.
The Raiders got another strong pitching performance from junior Addison Baumle and took advantage of four unearned runs to return to the regional tournament for the first time since 2010.
“Obviously, we are very excited for the opportunity to play in the regional tournament,” noted Raider head coach Jack Baumle. “The girls came out and played a very good game tonight and we were able to take advantage of our opportunities to score.”
The red, white and blue plated three runs in the second inning and would never trail as they advance to take on New Riegel (25-4) in tonight’s regional semifinal.
“New Riegel is a very good softball team,” continued the Raider mentor. “They are traditionally very good and this year’s team is no exception to that. We will have to go in and play well.”
The Lady Raiders dented the scoreboard with three runs in the second to take control of the contest.
After Carley Wright flew out to start the inning, junior Addison Baumle singled before fellow junior Molly Crosby followed with a triple that plated Baumle.
Sydney Critten the reached on an error to put runners on the corners but the Raiders weren’t done. Junior catcher Mackenzie Swary ripped a two-run double that scored both Crosby and Critten to push the margin to 3-0.
Wayne Trace added to the advantage in the third.
With two outs, Wright doubled before a Baumle single scored Wright for a 4-0 Wayne Trace lead.
Hicksville did get within 4-2 in the bottom of the inning, scoring a pair of unearned runs but the Aces wouldn’t get any closer.
The red, white and blue added its final run in the fourth.
Following a Critten fly out, Swary, Emilie Linder and Brenda Feasby hit back-to-back-to-back singles before a Libby Stabler sacrifice fly plated Swary to push the margin to 5-2.
From there, the Raiders shut down the red and white to seal their trip to the regional tournament on Wednesday.
“Obviously, we are very pleased with the victory,” noted the Raider mentor. “We knew coming in that Hicksville was a big challenge but the girls stepped up their play tonight and everybody made plays. It was a total team effort tonight.”
Addison Baumle picked up her third straight tournament victory, running her total to 21 straight innings without allowing an earned run in tournament play. The junior hurler fanned nine and walked one in picking up the complete game win.
Emilie Linder, Brenda Feasby and Addison Baumle all had two singles for the Raider offense with Mackenzie Swary adding a single and a double. Carley Wright also had a double and Molly Crosby chipped in a triple.
Allison Brickel took the loss for Hicksville, giving up ten hits and four earned runs in the complete game loss with one strikeout.
Carli Ayers, Michaela Bauer, Samantha Sell and Jessica Morgan each had singles for the Lady Aces, who close their season with a record of 16-4.
BLUE JACKET BITS – New Riegel was 9-1 in the Midland Athletic League this season, losing only to Mohawk by a score of 9-7. The Blue Jackets have won 13 straight games, outscoring their opponents 151-35 in that stretch. In the only other meeting of the two schools in softball, New Riegel defeated Wayne Trace 3-0 in the Division IV regional championship in 2010. Wayne Trace is also the only Green Meadows Conference squad the Blue Jackets have ever faced.
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