Wayne Trace first baseman Libby Stabler applies a tag to the helmet of Parkway’s Whitney Rollins during the Lady Raiders’ 23-11 win on Friday night. Wyane Trace moved to 13-6 on the year. (Times Bulletin/Pat Agler)
Wayne Trace first baseman Libby Stabler applies a tag to the helmet of Parkway’s Whitney Rollins during the Lady Raiders’ 23-11 win on Friday night. Wyane Trace moved to 13-6 on the year. (Times Bulletin/Pat Agler)
By Kevin Wannemacher
Times Bulletin Business Manager
ROCKFORD — Through four innings, Sierra Fent had limited the Wayne Trace offense to three runs on five hits and Parkway was holding on to a 5-3 advantage.
That all changed in the fifth.
The first nine Raider batters of the inning scored and Wayne Trace pulled away from there to pound out a 23-11 victory over the Panthers in non-league softball action.
Wayne Trace totaled 22 hits in the contest and every starter had at least one hit as the Lady Raiders improved to 13-6 on the season.

“They just crushed the ball tonight,” noted Parkway head coach Mark Esselstein. “Everything they hit there for a while either was just a solid hit or it found a hole for them. When we had opportunities to make plays, we weren’t able to and they made us pay for that. You have to give them credit for that.”
Raider first baseman Libby Stabler opened the top of the fifth with a double. Bailey Bergman followed with a single to put runners at the corners before Carley Wright was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Addison Baumle then reached via a Parkway error, scoring Stabler, before a run-scoring single by Molly Crosby plated Bergman and knotted the game at 5-5.
A two-run single by Sydney Critten scored both Wright and Baumle to put Wayne Trace in front for good, 7-5. Mackenzie Swary followed with a single to reload the bases before Emilie Linder ripped a single that scored both Crosby and Critten for a 9-5 Raider advantage, ending the night for Fent.
Brenda Feasby, the ninth batter of the inning, added an RBI single that scored Swary to push the margin to 10-5.
Stabler lined out to Parkway third baseman Terra Wells for the first out of the inning but the Raiders weren’t done. Another single from Bergman allowed Linder and Feasby to hit home as well and Wayne Trace went in front 12-5 entering the bottom of the fifth.
“That is the second time we have done that this year,” noted Raider head coach Jack Baumle. “We challenged the girls before the game that we needed to get a win over a quality team. They came out and responded to that tonight.”
Wayne Trace added four more runs in the sixth, all unearned. Baumle and Crosby both reached via errors to start the inning. Swary also reached despite striking out in the inning as the Raiders stretched the lead to 16-5.
Parkway got a pair of runs back in the home half of the sixth.
Whitney Rollins reached to start the inning via a Raider error before a triple from Kayle Heckler scored Rollins. Heckler then scored as well on a groundout by Rachel King as the Panthers got within 16-7.
The Raiders, though, sealed the game in the seventh.
Carley Wright opened the inning with a home run and Wayne Trace went on to score seven times in the frame.
Swary added a run-scoring single that plated Baumle before a Linder RBI single scored Critten. Swary, Linder, Feasby and Bergman also came around to score in the inning to set the lead at 23-7 entering the bottom of the seventh.
“Everybody hit the ball for us tonight,” continued the Raider mentor. “We struggled the first time through the order, but the girls really did a good job of hitting the second time through. Emilie (Linder) led off the third there with a home run and it was a spark for us. This was a good win for us.”
Linder and Wright each had two singles and a home run to lead the Raider offense while Bergman picked up four singles. Critten (three singles), Feasby (two singles), Swary (two singles), Crosby (two singles), Stabler (single, double) and Baumle (single) recorded the other hits for Wayne Trace.
Despite the loss, Parkway also had a very good night at the plate.
The Panthers pounded out 14 hits in the contest, seven of which were extra base hits.
Rachel King led Parkway with two doubles and a single and Serina Siano also had three hits, all singles. Terra Walls (home run, single), Ashlynn Henderson (triple, single) and Kayle Heckler (triple, single) each picked up two hits for Parkway. Alyx Slusher (double) and Zoey Pond (double) had the other hits for the Lady Panthers.
“Offensively, I thought we did a good job of hitting the ball,” Esselstein added. “But they just out-hit us tonight.”