HUBER HEIGHTS — The Wayne baseball team faced a huge hurdle Monday against visiting Beavercreek and its senior southpaw Jackson Tedder.
Headed for the University of Virginia next season, Tedder mixed his 90 mph fast ball with a sharp curve. He was on the beam against the Warriors, fanning 10 and surrendering just four hits. Scoring three runs in the top of the first, the Beavers cruised to a 4-1 division win.
Despite the loss, Wayne coach Joe Yount liked what he saw from sophomore Dylan Donchez, who gave up five hits, struck out two batters and walked two.
“Dylan pitched well and gave up just one earned run,” Yount said. “He also got two of our four hits and drove in a run.”
Yount also was pleased with the mound work of Riley Brown, who pitched his best game of the season, pitching two innings and giving up a single run.
“Riley is getting game experience,” Yount said. “That’s what it’s all about since we’re a young team with some growing pains.”
The top of the first inning proved to be fateful for the Warriors. An error and a sacrifice bunt moved a Beaver runner to second base. Lefty Jackson Back drilled a solid single to center, plating the first run. Another infield error followed by another single drove in two more runs for the 3-0 lead.
The Warriors cut the deficit to 3-1 when Donchez singled in a run in the fourth inning. With the bases loaded, Tedder fanned two batters, leaving the three runners stranded. Beavercreek added a run in the top of the sixth for a 4-1 lead.
With the 4-1 advantage, Tedder got ahead of the Wayne batters and finished strong, retiring the side in the final three innings. He threw 101 pitches, the highest pitch total in his high school career.
“Jackson told me he felt good and wanted to finish the game,” said Beavercreek coach Brandon Long, whose team improved to 3-1.
The Warriors, who started the season with two straight wins, now stand at 2-3 after dropping three in a row.
The Warriors host the Piqua Indians Saturday at noon.
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