Wayne Trace outfielder Noah Stoller takes his turn at bat during a game against Lincolnview in this file photo. Stoller went 0-for-1 with a walk in the Raiders’ 12-1 loss to Ottoville on Wednesday. (TB file photo)
Wayne Trace outfielder Noah Stoller takes his turn at bat during a game against Lincolnview in this file photo. Stoller went 0-for-1 with a walk in the Raiders’ 12-1 loss to Ottoville on Wednesday. (TB file photo)
By Daniel Joseph
Times Bulletin Correspondent
HAVILAND — The Ottoville Big Green traveled to the home of the Raiders in non-conference action. After having games every nearly every day last week and every night so far this week, Wayne Trace ran out of steam, falling to Ottovile 12-1 in five innings.
The game did not start off well for the Raider starting pitcher, southpaw Denver Burkley, as Bailey Seibert lined a rocket over the right fielder’s head for a lead-off double and then advanced to third when Joel Beining singled. Brandon Boecker then hit a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Seibert for the first run of the night.
Ottoville wasn’t done yet though, Alex Hortsman singled and Luke Schimoeller walked to load the bases with only one out. Joe Vanoss singled in Beining and Jared Fanning singled to left, which scored Hortsman and Schimoeller. Trent Miller then grounded out to the second basemen, but Vanoss came into score making it 5-0 before Wayne Trace had their first at bat.
“It really builds your pitcher’s confidence on the mound as well as your hitters confidence, too,” said Ottoville head coach Ty Wannemacher. “Every time that we can get early runs on the board, it really helps and we really needed it. Kyle could pitch whatever he wanted to with a 5-0 lead.”

Ottoville’s starting pitcher Kyle Bendele took a perfect game into the fourth inning, but the Raiders finally managed to get to him. After retiring the first batter of the inning with just one pitch, he hit Austin Fast in the back which gave the Raiders their first base runner of the ball game. Just two pitches later, Colby Speice lined a double down the third-base line and Fast came into score, giving Wayne Trace their first run of the ball game. The next two batters were retired to end the inning with minimal damage done.
“He’s (Bendele) been pretty solid all year for us, and to have him come up and pitch another really good game for us is big for him,” said Wannemacher. “He’s needed that. Any time we can get him, especially headed into tournament now.”
After adding one additional run in each of the last three innings, the Big Green brought all nine batters to the plate in the fifth inning. The inning started with back-to-back singles from Joel Beining and Brandon Boecker on consecutive pitches and then a five-pitch walk to Alex Hortsman. This ended Burkley’s night on the mound and the Raiders brought in Blane Jerome with the bases loaded and none out.
“They (Ottoville) hit the ball really well,” said Wayne Trace head coach Matt Noggle on his starter’s outing. “We also were down in the count, a hitters count, which makes it easier to sit on pitches because they’re thrown more down the middle and so I think that played into it a little bit.”
Luke Schimoeller was the first batter that Jerome pitched to and Schimoeller popped out to the first basemen. Joe Vanoss then hit a routine fly ball to left field but, due to an error on the play, Vanoss reached first safely and Beining came into score. Jared Fanning then singled and both Boecker and Hortsman came into score making it 11-1, Ottoville.
A second error against the Raider defense put Trent Miller on at first, bringing Bendele to the plate. He walked which brought Vanoss in to score and pushing the Ottoville lead to eleven runs.
Needing two runs to extend this game into the sixth inning, Wayne Trace called upon Pepe Tripoldi, a foreign exchange student from Italy. This was Tripoldi’s first ever at bat in America, but he struck out. Grant Gillett, Austin Winebrenner, and Jerome each walked to load the bases with two outs in the inning. Fast then grounded one to the shortstop to end the game.
“We were just talking about our intensity and our focus after the game,” said Noggle. “We played Ayersville last night and everyone at the fence cheering each other on and helping out their pitcher, but tonight not so much. We haven’t a break lately and we just aren’t used to it right now.”
The Raiders fall to 5-9 after last night’s loss and the Big Green moves to 4-7 overall with the win.

Ottoville 511 14- 12 13 0
Wayne Trace 000 10- 1 1 2
Ottoville (ab-r-h-rbi)
Seibert dh 3-1-1-0, Beining 2b 4-3-4-1, Boecker cf 4-3-4-1, Horstman lf 3-2-2-1, Schimmoeller ss 2-2-0-0, Vanoss c 4-2-4-1, Fanning 1b 4-0-2-4, Miller 3b 3-0-0-1, Bendele p 1-1-0-1, x- Honigford ph 1-0-0-0
Wayne Trace (ab-r-h-rbi)
Jerome 2b-p 2-0-0-0, Fast 3b 2-1-0-0, Speice c-ss 2-0-1-1, N. Stoller cf 1-0-0-0, A. Stoller dh 2-0-0-0, Yenser lf 1-0-0-0, Gillett ss-2b 1-0-0-0, Burkey p 1-0-0-0, McVay 1b 1-0-0-0, x- Baksa c 1-0-0-0, x- Tripoldi ph 1-0-0-0, x- Winebrenner 1b 0-0-0-0