By Kevin Wannemacher
Times Bulletin Business Manager
kwannemacher@timesbulletin.com
HAVILAND — Wayne Trace scored three times in the first inning and made them stand up in a 3-2 victory over Continental in Division IV sectional semi-final baseball at the home of the Raiders on Saturday afternoon.
After Raider starting pitcher Marcus McVay sat the Pirates down in order in the first, the Wayne Trace offense got on the scoreboard in the home half of the inning.
Colby Speice was the game’s first baserunner, reaching on a two-out single to keep the inning alive. Speice stole second and moved to third on a balk by Pirate hurler Austin Mansfield before Noah Stoller hit a groundball that was mis-played on the infield, allowing Speice to score.
Freshman designated hitter Seth Yenser followed with a single before senior catcher Adam Stoller ripped a two-run double to plate both Noah Stoller and Yenser and widen the Wayne Trace advantage to 3-0.


Continental cut into the deficit in the third.
Dallas Geckle led off the inning with a walk, stole second and came around to score with one out when Terry Dockery III reached on an error.
The Pirates closed within 3-2 in the next inning.
After Mansfield struck out, Page Thomas and Jacob Williams reached on back-to-back singles to put runners at first and third. Tyler Rue then followed with a RBI single that closed the gap to 3-2.
The Raider senior hurler dominated from there. McVay pitched a gem for Wayne Trace, giving up four hits, one earned run and two walks with five strikeouts.
“Marcus threw the ball very well for us today,” noted Raider head coach Matt Noggle. “He was able to mix it up speed-wise and did a good job of just throwing strikes to make them hit the ball. He was very effective today.”
Aaron Stoller and Noah Stoller each had doubles for the Raiders while Speice, Yenser and Fast added a single each.
Wayne Trace did threaten in third as well, loading the bases with two outs before McVay lined out to Williams to end the inning. In the fifth, Fast singled and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Blaine Jerome. Broc Forrer followed by reaching on an error but Geckle fielded the ball in left field and was able to throw out Fast at the plate for the third out.
“Both teams had good opportunities to score in other innings,” Noggle continued. “I thought Marcus really stepped it up there in the last three innings and had a little more zip on the ball. I give a lot of credit to our guys and the way they battled today and played hard for seven innings.”
Mansfield took the loss, giving up five hits and three walks with two strikeouts. None of the three Raider runs were earned.
Troyer had the lone Pirate extra base hit, a double. Thomas, Williams and Rue each had singles for Continental.
Wayne Trace, now 7-14 on the season, will hit the road to Patrick Henry (17-7) on Wednesday to battle the host Patriots in a Division IV sectional championship at 5:00 p.m. Continental bows out of tournament play at 3-13.