WAYNE – Thursday evening marked a Class B showdown between Wayne High and Blair.
Blair started strong posting a pair of home runs early in the game before opening up with a grand slam in the sixth and winning 17-4. The Bears went yard five times by four different players.
Blair opened the season at 1-0 while Wayne High suffered the loss falling to 0-1.
WHS was preseason rated #6 by the Lincoln Journal Star with Blair receiving contender honors. Wayne High was also listed #6 in the Omaha World Herald preseason ratings.
Blair scored three runs in the opening inning and added one more run in the second to lead 4-0 early. Following a pair of scoreless innings, Blair then outscored Wayne 1-0 in the fifth, 6-4 in the sixth and 6-0 in the final inning.
Virginia Kniesche recorded a single, triple, drove in three runs and scored while Mikaela McManigal singled twice and scored for Wayne. Hope O’Reilly doubled, Kendall Dorey singled and drove in a run as Taytum Sweetland and Brooklyn Kruse both singled. Logan Miller singled and scored as Nikki Fertig scored for Wayne.
Dorey suffered the complete game loss in seven innings allowing 17 runs (13 earned) off 14 hits while striking out four batters and walking 10.
Kalli Ulven recorded two home runs, three RBI and two runs scored while Ayden Dick added a grand slam for Blair.
Wayne vs. Blair:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
3 1 0 0 1 6 6 17 14 1 – Blair
0 0 0 0 0 4 0 4 9 3 – Wayne
The Wayne High softball team will take Friday off from competition before next hosting a varsity tournament. WHS will open with Ponca at 9:30 a.m. on the Northeast Field Saturday in Wayne and face either Twin River or Centura/Central Valley at 11:30 a.m. The 1:30 p.m. round of games will close out Saturday from the Summer Sports Complex. Arlington vs. Ord and Highway 91 vs. Pierce will compete against one another on the other half of the bracket.