DAYTON — For the third straight game Wayne’s varsity baseball team failed to score a single run suffering its third consecutive defeat as the Warriors fell 6-0 Friday to Lebanon at Fifth Third Field in downtown Dayton.
Lebanon extended its winning streak to 14 straight to improve to 14-1 overall and 5-0 in conference play while Wayne fell to 6-9 and 0-6 in conference play.
“I have never seen any team win a game that didn’t score a run,” said Wayne Coach Joe Yount. “That is our third straight shutout. I think our kids are starting to press and trying to do too much at the plate, and when you do that you can’t hit. We will be back at it tomorrow against Tecumseh and no matter how we do it; we will scratch runs across tomorrow.”
After walking a pair of hitters sandwiched around a single Wayne starting pitcher Layne Riley got out of a bases loaded first inning jam by getting an infield pop fly and a strikeout.
The game remained a scoreless deadlock until the top of the 4th inning. Lebanon got a lead-off single by Nick Taylor who hit the ball off the third base bag and into left field to avoid a potential ground out. Conor Schmitt laid down a perfect bunt between the pitching mound and first base to give the Warriors runners at first and second. Riley got Bo Wilson to hit a pop-up to first and Nolan Kestner hit into a 6-4 fielder’s choice to put runners at first and third.
From there things went south. Riley hit Alec Koch with an errant pitch to load the bases and then issued three consecutive walks to give Lebanon a 3-0 lead. At that point Yount brought Jacob Duncan in to pitch.
Riley worked 3 and 2/3 innings, surrendered four hits, six runs, issued five walks, hit a pair of batsmen and struck out four.
Duncan surrendered a two RBI single to the first hitter he faced, Tyler Inloes, as Lebanon boosted its lead to 6-0. Duncan got Nick Taylor to hit a fly out to centerfield to end the inning. Duncan pitched 3 and 1/3 innings, gave up two hits, struck out three and issued one walk.
Wayne got a two out single by Nick Miller in the home half of the 4th inning and back-to-back singles by Layne Riley and Dylan Donchez in the bottom of the 6th to account for its entire offensive output, but it wasn’t enough to bring home a single run.
“Layne Riley pitched a great game for us but he got a little wild in the fourth inning,” Yount added. “If you look at the scoreboard we got out-hit six to three and they had one more error than us so it’s not a 6-0 ballgame, it was probably more like a 2-0 ballgame. But again, you can’t win if you don’t score so we have got to fix that and that falls on us as coaches to try and figure out what’s wrong.”
LEB 000 600 0 – 6 6 2
Way 000 000 0 – 0 3 1
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