By Kevin Wannemacher
dhi MEDIA Correspondent
BRYAN – Having split with Hicksville in two regular season games, Wayne Trace softball head coach Jack Baumle knew the Aces were very capable of causing the Lady Raiders problems in Friday’s district championship matchup.
However, the red-white-and-blue would have no part of it.
Wayne Trace scored three times in the second inning and never trailed as the Lady Raiders posted a 5-2 win over their Green Meadows Conference counterparts to advance to the Division IV regional tournament on Wednesday with a 5 p.m. start.
Wayne Trace, now 20-7 on the season, will take on New Riegel, an 8-2 winner over Carey in district action at Kenton. The Blue Jackets come into the contest with a record of 23-4. The other regional semifinal on Thursday will have Patrick Henry (20-3) against Lakota (18-7) on Thursday afternoon.

The Lady Raiders dented the scoreboard with three runs in the second to take control of the contest.
After Carley Wright flied out to start the inning, junior Addison Baumle singled before fellow junior Molly Crosby followed with a triple that plated Baumle.
Sydney Critten then reached on an error to put runners on the corners, but the Raiders weren’t done. Junior catcher Mackenzie Swary ripped a 2-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.
“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. We got good balance offensively, which was good to see as well. 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 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.