HUBER HEIGHTS — After a dismal performance at Greenville with seven fielding errors and vague pitching the Wayne varsity baseball team got back into the win column Thursday with 6-1 home victory over Piqua.
Starting pitcher Tyler Wynkoop gave the Warriors six solid innings on the mound by scattering three hits with four strikeouts, three walks and one run. Piqua scored its only run in the top of the second inning. Jacob Duncan pitched the top of the 7th inning and allowed no hits and no runs to seal the victory.
Wayne took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st inning on a walk and a steal by Dylan Donchez, a single by Layne Riley, a single by Jacob Duncan and a double by Nick Miller.
Piqua scored its lone run in the top of the 2nd inning on back-to-back singles and a Wayne error.
The Warriors scored another run in the home half of the second inning. With one out Kevin Baugh drew a walk and stole second. Dylan Donchez belted a two-out single to score Baugh to put Wayne up 4-1.
Wayne added two more runs in the bottom of the 5th inning. With two outs Miller drew a walk and stole second. Dylan Borns hit a ground ball to short and reached first on a wild throw that allowed Miller to score from second with Borns advancing to second on the throw to the plate. James Ganion singled to drive-in Borns to boost the Warriors’ lead to 6-1.
Wayne dodged a bullet in the top of the third inning when Wynkoop struggled to find the strike zone. Cory Cottrel singled and a pair of walks loaded the bases. With one out and the count three balls and no strikes Derek Hite hit into an inning ending 6-4-3 double play to end the Piqua scoring threat.
“Like we talked about earlier, it’s early in the season and we have things to learn,” said Wayne Coach Joe Yount. “I think the players and the coaches learned something in the Greenville game (an 11-3 loss). It is a game we can’t have back but one we can learn from. We are going to play these games to come out and compete and win. I don’t think we will have another outing like Greenville. We shouldn’t have lost 11-3 and you can’t have that many errors (seven) and some other plays that we should have made that we didn’t that cost us runs. We weren’t competing like we should have.”
The weather was bad with sustained winds of 30 miles per hour but Yount pointed out that the high winds didn’t seem to affect Greenville.
“We can’t use excuses like the weather when we play like that,” Yount added. “Our JV game got rained out and I think our kids thought the varsity game would get rained out too. They weren’t there to compete and if you don’t compete it doesn’t matter who you play, you are going to get your butt kicked.”
PIQ 010 000 0 – 1 3 0
WAY 310 020 x – 6 5 2
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