By Kevin Wannemacher
Times Bulletin Business Manager
HAVILAND — Wayne Trace took advantage of three unearned runs and survived a late Hicksville threat for a 5-3 non-league victory over the Lady Aces in softball action Friday evening.
The victory keeps the Lady Raiders unbeaten in five contests this season.
Hicksville became the first team this season to take a lead on the Lady Raiders, scoring in the opening frame of the contest. Dominique Tonneas singled to open the game before a sacrifice bunt by Carli Ayers moved Tonneas to second. Allison Brickel then followed with a run-scoring single to right field that plated Tonneas and give the visitors a 1-0 advantage. After a double by Michaela Bauer put runners on second and third, Wayne Trace escaped without further damage as Gabbie Gillespie struck out and Jessica Morgan flew out.
“They came out aggressive and did a good job of hitting tonight,” noted Raider head coach Jack Baumle.

The Raiders would answer in their half of the first.
With one out, Mackenzie Swary reached on a bunt single but was forced at second on an Emilie Linder ground ball. However, Linder came around to score as Molly Crosby hit a fly ball to left center that was misplayed by the Aces to make it 1-1.
“It was good to see us come right back after they went in front,” continued the Raider mentor. “It was the first time this season we have been behind, so I thought the girls did a good job of answering there.”
Hicksville went back in front in the second.
Ashtyn Bauer started the inning with a single and moved to second on a groundout by Samantha Sell. Bauer then advanced to third on a wild pitch before a sacrifice fly by Abbey Shock made it 2-1 Aces.
Wayne Trace evened the contest at 2-2 in the third.
Addison Baumle reached second on a Hicksville throwing error to start the inning and took third on a passed ball. Aces pitcher Alexa Monroe struck out Swary and Linder but Crosby singled to center to score Baumle with the tying run.
The Raiders then took the lead for good in the fourth. Libby Stabler reached on a walk to begin the frame and moved to second on a Bailey Bergman single. With one out, Brenda Feasby was safe after a Hicksville error to load the bases. Baumle then put the Raiders in front when she hit a sacrifice fly to center to plate Stabler and give Wayne Trace a 3-2 advantage.
“We were able to get some stops and then we manufactured a run to get the lead,” Baumle said.
Raider hurler Molly Crosby set the Aces down in order in the top of the fifth and the offense responded with two more runs in the home half.
Linder started the inning with a home run to stretch the margin to 4-2 but Wayne Trace wasn’t done. After Crosby popped out, back-to-back singles from Carley Wright and Stabler put runners on first and second. Monroe got Berman to strike out but Madison McClure followed with a single to score Sydney Critten, who had run for Wright, to make it 5-2.
“Those were two big runs,” noted the Raider head coach. “It gave us a little bit of breathing room and became a big factor there when they came up in the last inning.”
Hicksville would make things interesting in the seventh, however.
Down 0-2 in the count, the Aces’ Jessica Morgan battled for an 11-pitch at-bat that ended with a single to center field. Ashtyn Bauer was hit by a pitch and Samantha Sell reached on an error to load the bases with no out. Shock then followed with a single to left to keep the bases loaded and score Jamie Hablawetz, who was a pinch-runner for Morgan.
Tonneas followed with a ground ball to Baumle at second base, who proceeded to force out Bauer at the plate. Crosby then got Carlie Ayers to pop out and Allison Brickel to ground out as the Raiders held on for the victory.
“We needed a game like that,” concluded Baumle. “It put us in a little more of a pressure situation that we hadn’t seen yet this year so to go through it will help us.”
Monroe took the loss, allowing eight hits and one walk while fanning three Raiders. Three of Wayne Trace’s runs were unearned.
Crosby picked up the victory for the Raiders, giving up nine hits and three earned runs while striking out six.
The Raiders return to action Saturday as they take part in the Ayersville Great Eight Tournament. Wayne Trace opens with a contest against Wauseon at 11:00 a.m.
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