HASTINGS – The Dirt Devil 16/18 & Under softball team capped off their season on a high note by winning the USA Softball Class C State Tournament in Hastings over the weekend.
Following a 4-3 Friday night victory in eight innings over the Columbus Bullets, Wayne edged Lawrence in walk-off fashion 2-1 Saturday before shutting out McCook Force 8-0 that evening. Sunday contests, the Dirt Devil 16/18s topped KCGSA Nebraska Krush 16U, 5-4; suffered a 5-0 loss to Polk County before bouncing back with a 3-1 win over Polk County in the championship game.
The Dirt Devil 16/18s ended their season at 17-8 winning seven of their final eight outings. Wayne went 5-1 during the Class C State Softball Tournament.
In the Saturday win over Lawrence, Lawrence got on the board with a run in the first before the Dirt Devils answered with a run in the bottom of the third. Wayne then scored the winning run in the seventh to win 2-1.
Hope O’Reilly doubled and scored, Kendall Dorey singled and scored as Mikaela McManigal also doubled.
Rachel Hobbs picked up the complete game victory in seven innings allowing one run off four hits while striking out seven batters and walking one.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 2 – Lawrence
0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 3 1 – Wayne
During the Saturday night victory over McCook Force, Wayne struck early with a five-run first inning before scoring three more runs in the fourth to win 8-0.
O’Reilly singled, doubled, drove in two runs and scored twice while Kendall Dorey singled three times and drove in a run for Wayne. Hobbs singled three times and scored; McManigal singled and scored twice; Nikki Fertig singled and drove in a run; Aliah Schulz scored twice; Logan Miller added two RBI and Brooklyn Kruse accounted for a run scored.
Dorey picked up the complete game win in five innings allowing two hits while striking out seven batters and walking two.
1 2 3 4 5 R H E
5 0 0 3 0 8 10 0 – Wayne
0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 – McCook
From the Sunday afternoon win over KCGSA Nebraska Krush 16U, Wayne led 4-1 after the opening inning and added to their lead in the second with another run. Nebraska Krush 16U then scored three runs in the top of the third as the Dirt Devil 16/18s held on for the 5-4 victory.
Taytum Sweetland singled twice and scored as Nikki Fertig singled and drove in two runs for Wayne. Hobbs singled and scored; O’Reilly scored and added a RBI; Brooklyn Kruse accounted for a RBI while Delaney Kruse and McManigal both scored.
Dorey picked up the complete game victory in four innings allowing four runs (two earned) off three hits while striking out 10 batters and walking five.
1 2 3 4 R H E
1 0 3 0 4 3 1 – Nebraska Krush
4 1 0 X 5 4 1 – Wayne
In the loss to Polk County, Polk County got on the board with a run in the first and four more in the third inning to win 5-0.
O’Reilly singled twice while McManigal and Schulz both singled for Wayne.
Hobbs suffered the loss in five innings allowing five runs (four earned) off six hits while striking out five batters and walking three.
1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 – Wayne
1 0 4 0 0 X 5 6 1 – Polk County Slammers
During the championship victory over Polk County, both teams scored a run in the first while Wayne posted single run innings in the fourth and sixth to win 3-1.
Brooklyn Kruse posted a solo homerun while Sweetland and Fertig both singled twice and drove in a run for Wayne. Hobbs and O’Reilly both singled and scored as Miller and McManigal both singled.
Dorey picked up the complete game win in six innings allowing one run off two hits while striking out 11 batters and walking one.
1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 – Polk County Slammers
1 0 0 1 0 1 3 9 2 – Wayne