RIVERSIDE — On a warm and windy day Wayne took a 3-0 lead Saturday at Stebbins but soon found itself trailing 8-3 after two innings of play.
The Warriors sent 11 hitters to the plate in the bottom of the 4th inning and generate six hits with a walk and one player hit by a pitch to erupt for seven runs to take a 10-8 lead en route to a 17-9 victory.
Layne Riley pitched the final two innings and struck out six and issued two walks.
Starting pitcher Tyler Everett worked two thirds of an inning and allowed three hits, issued three walks and allowed five runs. Jacob Duncan four and a third innings and scattered three hits with two strikeouts. Wayne committed four errors to contribute to Stebbins nine run output.
“I was very happy that Jacob Duncan could come in and throw the ball over the plate after our starting pitcher had some issues,” said Wayne Coach Joe Yount. “With the wind our defense didn’t help out at all with five unearned runs in the first two innings. After Duncan came in we seemed to settle down and then Stebbins took a turn of throwing the ball around and that helped get us back in the ballgame.”
Wayne jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning on a walk by Kevin Baugh, a single and a RBI by Tyler Everett, a double and RBI by Dylan Donchez and a run generating infield hit by Jacob Reedy.
Stebbins answered with five runs in the bottom of the 1st on a leadoff walk by Brady Wilson and singles by Jordan Stone, Josh Cvetkovich, Dylan Walter and Owen Holland to take a 5-3 lead. The Indians added three more runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning on a single by Cody Liles, a single by Seth Lowe and pair of Wayne fielding errors.
Wayne final came to life in the top of the 4th to score seven runs and take a 10-8 lead. With two outs the scoring onslaught began. Kevin Baugh got an infield hit, Layne Riley got hit by a pitch and Jacob Duncan walked to load the bases. Dylan Donchez singled to drive-in a run and Jacob Reedy singled to left to drive in a pair of runs. Nick Miller doubled but scored on the hit on a series of throwing errors by the Indians. Dylan Borns also singled for a pair of RBI and Jacobs singled to give the Warriors a two run lead.
The Warriors had another big inning in the top of the 5th when 13 players went to the plate to add seven more runs. Once again the first pair of Wayne hitters made outs before the Warriors went on a scoring rampage. Duncan drew a two-out walk and Donchez hit a ground rule double to left. Duncan scored on a wild pitch with Donchez advancing to third. Reedy drew a walk to load the bases. Miller followed with a double to drive-in two runs. Borns got hit by a pitch and Jacobs tripled to left to score Borns and then scored on a wild pitch. Tyler Wynkoop doubled to left field and Baugh drew a walk. Riley also drew a walk to load the bases. Wynkoop scored on a passed ball to boost Wayne’s lead to 17-8.
Stebbins got it final run in the bottom of the fifth on a walk and fielding error, but after that Riley shut the Indians down pitching the final two innings with six strikeouts.
“Our offense started to hit the ball hard led by Dylan Donchez and Nick Miller,” Yount added. “They actually started to show some confidence at the plate, which we have been waiting for all year. Hopefully this is a turning point but we have a tendency to get up for teams we think we can compete with and roll over for teams that we think are better than us. We will find out when we play Beavercreek on Monday and Tuesday and Springboro on Thursday and Lebanon on Friday.”
WAY 3 0 0 7 7 0 0 – 17 15 4
STEB 5 3 0 0 1 0 0 – 9 06 3
Monday night the Warriors lost at Beavercreek 7-0.
“Our defense continues to put us in holes we cannot dig out of,” Yount said.
After giving up three unearned runs in the first inning Wayne never recovered as Brandon DeWitt surrendered a one out single to Kevin Baugh in the first inning for the only hit Wayne could muster. Dylan Donchez took the defeat giving up all seven runs (three earned) as his teammates gave him little support defensively. Cole Kehl came in to pitch shut-out ball the last 2 and 2/3 innings.
“One of the few bright spots was the superb defense played at third base by James Ganion who handled everything hit his way including a 5-3 double-play to get us out of a bases loaded jam in the 3rd inning,” Yount noted.
WAY 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 0 1 3
BEA 3 0 1 3 0 0 x – 7 8 0
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