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Wayland wins pre-district with Saxons in five innings

Hastings sophomore catcher Grant Huver watches the ball fly off his bat towards centerfield for the final out of Tuesday afternoon’s D2 Pre-District loss to Wayland at Hopkins High School Tuesday. (Photo by Brett Bremer) Wayland pitchers Zach Reed and Kaden Snyder combined to shut out the Saxon varsity baseball team in its Division 2 Pre-District ballgame at Hopkins High School Tuesday.

Reed got the win for the Wildcats, limiting the Saxons to two hits through the first four innings of his team's 10-0 victory. Kaden Snyder came on to get the final three outs of the ballgame, allowing a hit and a walk. Reed struck out five and walked one.

Singles by Bryce Darling and Grant Huver were the two hits for the Saxons in the season-ending defeat. Drew Markley walked once and stole a base.

Phillip Morris drew the start on the mound for the Saxons and took the loss. He gave up three earned runs (seven total) in his three innings, striking out two and walking three.

Wayland had eight hits in the ballgame, scoring two runs in the first, two in the second and then five in the top of the fourth before adding on a tenth run in the top of the fifth.

The Wayland boys will face Allegan in the first district semifinal game of the day Saturday back at Hopkins High School. The host Vikings take on Thornapple Kellogg in the tournament's second semifinal ballgame. The district championship game is slated for a 2 p.m. start.

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