Blue Devils Score Three In Fourth Inning To Secure First Round State Softball Victory

HASTINGS – With a cold breeze in the air and following the morning to afternoon delay for Classes A and B schools, the Wayne High softball team began their state tourney play.

With the sun set, #1 Wayne took on #8 Cozad in Class C first round 2018 NSAA State Softball Tournament action. Both the Blue Devils and Haymakers are at the top of the lists in qualifying for state and winning. WHS entered their 16th state tournament as Cozad started their 14th appearance with both teams winning twice in program history.

From the Smith Softball Complex, all Class C games were in action Wednesday evening.

The Blue Devils produced single runs in each of the opening three innings to lead 3-0. Cozad got on the board with a run in the top of the fourth before WHS answered with a three-run fourth inning. Final found Wayne High winning 6-1 to improve to 32-0 on the season as the Haymakers fell to 18-16.

Wayne High gets out of the first round with a victory for the first time since 2015.

Annie Kniesche paced WHS at the plate with a single, double and two RBI as Maysn Dorey also doubled with two RBI. Sidney Biggerstaff came away with a solo homerun and single as Kayla Fleming singled twice. Allison Claussen and Josie Thompson also both singled.

Tori Kniesche picked up the complete game win in seven innings allowing an earned run off of two hits while striking out 18 batters and walking three.

Wayne vs. Cozad:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E

0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 2 – Cozad

1 1 1 3 0 0 X 6 9 0 – Wayne

Other first round Class C scores:

#4 (24-8) Bishop Neumann defeated #5 (25-4) Auburn, 6-1

#6 (26-9) Centennial defeated #3 (24-8) GACC, 11-3

#2 (24-7) Arlington defeated #7 (18-13) Milford in nine innings, 2-1

Loser’s bracket games Thursday at 3 p.m.

Auburn vs. Cozad

GACC vs. Milford

Winner’s bracket games Thursday at 3 p.m.

Wayne vs. Bishop Neumann

Centennial vs. Arlington

Class A first round scores:

#1 (32-0) Papillion-La Vista defeated #8 (24-13) Lincoln North Star, 11-2

#4 (25-6) Millard West defeated #5 (33-5) Lincoln Southwest, 6-4

#3 (24-6) Millard South defeated #6 (23-9) Omaha Marian, 13-5

#2 (22-6) Gretna defeated #7 (21-11) Omaha Burke, 17-8

Loser’s bracket games Thursday at 10 a.m.:

Lincoln North Star vs. Lincoln Southwest

Omaha Marian vs. Omaha Burke

Winner’s bracket games Thursday at 10 a.m.:

Papillion-La Vista vs. Millard West

Millard South vs. Gretna

Class B first round scores:

#1 (27-6) Elkhorn defeated #8 (22-15) North Platte, 5-4

#5 (27-12) Hastings defeated #4 (25-10) Crete, 6-2

#3 (27-7) Beatrice defeated #6 (16-13) Blair, 8-0

#2 (27-7) Omaha Skutt Catholic defeated #7 (17-11) Omaha Gross Catholic, 7-3

Loser’s bracket games Thursday at 12:30 p.m.

North Platte vs. Crete

Blair vs. Omaha Gross Catholic

Winner’s bracket games Thursday at 12:30 p.m.

Elkhorn vs. Hastings

Beatrice vs. Omaha Skutt Catholic