Blue Devils Score Early, Tori Kniesche Strikes Out 19 Batters To Advance To Wednesday’s Winner’s Bracket

HASTINGS – After punching their ticket to state by defeating Adams Central of Hastings twice in the district finals, the Wayne High softball team began the double elimination tournament with the host of state, Hastings High.

From the Smith Softball Complex Wednesday morning, #4 WHS took on #5 Hastings during the Class B 2019 NSAA State Softball Championships.

Wayne High struck early thanks to a three-run opening and added one more run in the second. Blue Devil pitching then took control the remainder of the game to hold on for the 4-0 win. WHS has now won 26 straight to improve to 31-3 while dropping Hastings to 28-8.

Hope O’Reilly singled twice, drove in a run and scored while Kendall Dorey singled and scored twice for Wayne. Aliah Schulz singled and drove in two runs as Kayla Fleming singled and scored.

Tori Kniesche picked up the complete game shutout win in seven innings allowing one hit while striking out 19 batters and walking six. She had a no-hitter through five and two-thirds until Elle Douglas singled to right with two outs.

Douglas suffered the loss for Hastings in six innings allowing four runs (one earned) off five hits while striking out five batters, walking two and hitting another.

Wayne vs. Hastings:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E

0 0 0 0 0 0 0  0 1 3 – Hastings

3 1 0 0 0 0 X 4 5 0 – Wayne

Other first round morning scores in Class B saw #8 Seward upset #1 Omaha Skutt Catholic (7-1); #2 Beatrice blanked #7 Norris (4-0) and #3 Crete run-ruled #6 Omaha Gross Catholic, 10-2.

Class B winner’s bracket games will be played today at 5:30 p.m. between Wayne vs. Seward and Crete vs. Beatrice while elimination games Thursday morning will next be in action at 9 a.m. featuring Omaha Skutt Catholic vs. Hastings and Omaha Gross Catholic vs. Norris.

Class C and Class A opening round games will be played at 12:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday.