Quick start propels Patriots past Wayne Trace
Saturday, May 17, 2014 12:39 AM
By Kevin Wannemacher
dhi MEDIA Correspondent
HAMLER — Host Patrick Henry scored four times in the first inning and pulled away from there to a 10-0 win over Wayne Trace in Division IV sectional baseball action at Garrold Parratt Field on Friday evening.
The Patriots took advantage of two Wayne Trace errors in the opening frame and recorded three hits to break the game open. Derek Hoops started the inning with a single before Kollin Spence walked to put runners at first and second. Sophomore second baseman Joe Nickels then hit a grounder that was misplayed on the infield, allowing Hoops to score while Spence moved to third and Nickels ended up at second.
Logan Ziegler followed with a double that drove in both Spence and Nickels to make it 3-0 Patriots and the Raiders never recovered. After Kyler Seemann reached via a bases on balls, Josh Peterson hit a ground ball that was misplayed by third baseman Austin Fast with Ziegler scoring on the play.
Blaine Jerome, a freshman hurler for Wayne Trace, settled down from there but the damage was done. The Raider pitcher got Derek Kolpien to hit into a fielder’s choice before striking out Jake Montana and getting Brad Breece to ground out.
“Blaine was really nervous,” noted Raider head coach Matt Noggle. “He did alright and we didn’t make some plays behind him either. They didn’t really hit him that well, and we wanted to keep them off balance and Blaine did that. But we needed to play defense, and we didn’t do that very well.”
Wayne Trace did have a couple of early scoring chances.
In the first, Denver Burkley led off with a single before Fast struck out. After a Colby Speice groundout moved Burkley to second, Patrick Henry pitcher Josh Peterson ended the inning by getting Noah Stoller to hit a grounder to shortstop for the third out.
The second inning saw the Raiders put two runners on but unable to drive them home. Aaron Stoller struck out to start the frame before a Grant Gillett single. After Seth Yenser reached on a force out of Gillett, a walk to Cassidy Hilkey put two runners on. However, Peterson escaped any runs when Jerome flied out to left fielder Brad Breece for the third out.
It would be the last runner to reach second base for Wayne Trace.
Peterson retired nine of the ten batters he faced in the last three innings, allowing only a two-out walk to Gillett in the fourth. The Patriot hurler finished with seven strikeouts while allowing two hits and two walks in posting the win.
“Offensively, I thought our focus was good early on,” Noggle continued. “The last three innings I don’t think we had the same focus at the plate that we did the first two innings.”
The contest brought to a close the careers of Raider seniors Colby Speice and Aaron Stoller.
“They are two great kids,” added the Raider mentor. “They will both be very successful people. Each of them has been great to work with and they were good for our younger kids. They will be missed next year.”
Wayne Trace closes the season with a record of 7-15.