KETTERING — Wayne snapped a four game losing streak by sweeping division rival Fairmont in back-to-back games Monday and Tuesday.
Monday the Warriors scored a 2-0 shutout. Tyler Wynkoop out-dueled Drew Duckro to pitch a 3-hit complete game to halt the Warriors losing skid at four games.
Wayne tallied two early runs on RBI hits from Jacob Reedy and Kevin Baugh and then rode Wynkoop’s strong pitching performance home for the win. Baugh had two hits in the victory as did Layne Riley.
Wynkoop struck out to improve his record to 3-3 on the season. Duckro had seven strikeouts but got no run support to fall to 3-4.
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Tuesday the Warriors completed the series sweep by scoring an 8-7 victory at Fairmont.
Holding a one run lead Jacob Reedy scored on a two-out double to deep right center field by Tyler Wynkoop in the top of the 6th inning to boost Wayne’s lead to 7-5. The Warriors boosted the lead to 8-5 in the top of the 7th when Jake Jacobs singled to left and scored on a wild throw to first on a ground out to third.
Fairmont fought back with two runs in the bottom of the 7th on a leadoff double by Deaunte Fleming and an RBI single by Elliot Kurtz. Layne Riley was brought in to finish out the game on the mound for Wayne but surrendered a single to right field by Trevor Cukovecki. Riley got Jesse Reliford to hit a pop-up to short for the first out but Colton Hicks stroked a single to center to load the bases.
Alex Stefanidis lofted a sacrifice fly to left to make it a one run game but Riley slammed the door shut by striking out Cooper Denney to preserve the 8-7 win.
Wayne improved to 8-10 overall and 2-6 in conference play while Fairmont fell to 12-8 and 4-6.
“Well, I will tell you what… hang on is exactly what we did,” said Wayne Coach Joe Yount. “We came in and we knew starting pitcher Jacob Duncan would keep them off-balance for at least three or four innings and that’s what he gave us. Nick Miller came in and gave us an inning and two thirds in relief. He put the ball over the plate and got us out of a jam and got us to the seventh. It would have been great if Nick could have got an over two inning save, but unfortunately Fairmont hit two balls hard off of him. The way our season is going we are going to do everything we can to win a ballgame so we brought Layne Riley in. He throws the ball well and has a nice curve ball. Luckily he came through for us and we hung on to win a nail biter.”
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