Wayne Trace third baseman Austin Fast (10) beats Jefferson’s Jace Stockwell to the bag during the Raiders’ 4-2 win on Tuesday night in Delphos. (Times Bulletin/Randy Shellenbarger)
Wayne Trace third baseman Austin Fast (10) beats Jefferson’s Jace Stockwell to the bag during the Raiders’ 4-2 win on Tuesday night in Delphos. (Times Bulletin/Randy Shellenbarger)
By Kevin Wannemacher
Times Bulletin Business Manager
kwannemacher@timesbulletin.com
DELPHOS — The start couldn’t have been any better for Wayne Trace.
Visiting a Delphos Jefferson squad that was coming off of a big win over Crestview on Monday, the visiting Raiders scored twice in the opening frame and added a pair of insurance runs en route to a 4-2 win over the host Wildcats Tuesday evening.
With the win, the Raiders move to 6-12 on the season while the Wildcats drop to 13-10.
After Cassidy Hilkey struck out to open the game, Broc Forrer and Colby Speice followed with singles to put runners at first and second for the Raiders. Noah Stoller then followed with a run-scoring single to left, which eluded the Wildcat left fielder, allowing both Speice and Forrer to score for a 2-0 Raider lead.


“That was big for us,” noted Raider head coach Matt Noggle. “To come out ready to hit and get the quick two runs was a big step for us.”
Delphos Jefferson appeared ready to have a big inning of its own in the home half.
Jace Stockwell reached on an error to start the inning before Hunter Binkley hit a grounder back to the pitcher, whose throw to second was wild and everybody was safe.
After Ross Thompson popped out, Austin Jettinghoff bunted but Raider third baseman Austin Fast fielded it and beat Stockwell to the bag at third for the second out. Wayne Trace then closed the inning when Jordan Herron grounded out to second baseman Grant Gillett to keep it 2-0 Raiders.
“We missed too many opportunities,” noted Delphos Jefferson coach Doug Geary. “They were able to get in front early on and it changes the game when you have to play from behind.”
“Two errors to start the inning and our kids battled through it,” added Noggle of the Wildcat first inning. “Our kids deserve credit for playing through that. They were challenged tonight and they did a good job of staying focused and responding.”
After neither team threatened in the second, Wayne Trace would add another run in the third.
Hilkey and Forrer drew back-to-back walks to open the inning before a Speice fly out to right kept the runners at first and second. Stolen bases moved both runners up with one out and Noah Stoller hit a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Hilkey and make it 3-0.
In the fifth, Speice walked with one out and moved to second on a balk by Jefferson pitcher Jordan Herron. After Stoller flew out for the second out, Austin Fast singled to score Speice for a 4-0 Raider advantage.
“We were able to generate offense tonight,” Noggle added. “We have played some teams tough this year but just couldn’t put anything together offensively. Tonight, we were able to manufacture some runs.”
In the sixth, the Wildcats finally broke through.
With two outs, Tyler Rice reached on an error, and Gaige Rassman followed with a single before Stockwell walked to load the bases. Binkley then picked up an RBI single.
Jefferson brought the tying run to the plate in teh seventh, but could only score once before Speice closed the door.