PIERCE – With postseason softball to begin Monday afternoon, the Wayne High softball team competed in their conference tourney over the weekend.
From the Pierce Softball Complex, WHS played two games in the Mid State Conference Tournament.
#2 Wayne opened with #3 O’Neill and avenged an early season loss with a 13-3 victory before facing #1 Guardian Angels Central Catholic in the finals and securing a 7-6 win. WHS was crowned Mid State Conference champions and are now 17-6 on the season.
In the opening win against O’Neill, WHS poured in five-runs in the first inning before outscoring the Eagles 4-3 in the second to lead 9-3. The Blue Devils then scored four runs in the third to win 13-3.
Brooklyn Kruse singled, doubled, drove in two runs and scored three times while Delaney Kruse added a double and two RBI for Wayne. Mikaela McManigal singled twice, drove in two runs and scored twice; Taytum Sweetland singled twice, drove in a run and scored twice; Hope O’Reilly singled, drove in three runs and scored; Kendall Dorey singled; Aliah Schulz and Jersi Jensen both scored twice as Taytem Ellis scored.
Dorey (75 pitches) secured the complete game win in four innings allowing three runs (one earned) off two hits while striking out four batters and walking three.
1 2 3 4 R H E
0 3 0 0 3 2 4 – O’Neill
5 4 4 X 13 9 0 – WHS
From the championship game against GACC, Wayne High started strong with a 5-1 first inning while the Bluejays tacked on a run in the second. Both teams scored two runs in the third which favored the Blue Devils, 7-4. GACC then scored single runs in the fourth and fifth as Wayne High held on for the 7-6 victory.
Ellis singled twice, doubled and scored while Kierah Haase singled, doubled, drove in three runs and scored for Wayne. O’Reilly singled twice and scored twice; Dorey singled twice and drove in a run; Delaney Kruse singled and drove in a run; Schulz singled; McManigal accounted for a RBI and run scored as Brooklyn Kruse and Jensen both scored.
Dorey (131 pitches) accounted for the complete game victory in seven innings allowing six runs (five earned) off seven hits while striking out five batters and walking seven.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
5 0 2 0 0 0 0 7 11 0 – WHS
1 1 2 1 1 0 0 6 7 1 – GACC
Wayne High will next host the B-6 Subdistrict Tourney from the Wayne Softball Complex on Monday, October 4. The Blue Devils will open with #4 Schuyler at noon followed by #2 Seward vs. #3 Crete at 2 p.m. and the two winners facing each other in the finals around 4 p.m.
Wayne softball will be carried on The City ‘KCTY’ 98.9/1590 and waynedailynews.com.