WAYNE – With three of the next four games set to be on the road, the Wayne High baseball team competed in their sixth home outing of the season on Tuesday.
From Hank Overin Field in Wayne, the Blue Devils welcomed in Thurston-Cuming County marking the second meeting this season with the TC Thunder. WHS won in Pender, 14-1 on March 24.
Tuesday also marked Parent’s Night as Wayne High won by run-rule over Thurston-Cuming County, 13-3 in five innings. The Blue Devils have now won four straight to sit 7-4 while the TC Thunder dropped their sixth consecutive game falling to 1-6.
Wayne High scored early and often with two runs in each of the first, second and third innings to go up 6-0. The Blue Devils then posted a three-run fourth inning to lead 9-0. After Thurston-Cuming County scored their first run in the top of the fifth, a 30-minute lightening delay was held before the TC Thunder finished the inning with three total runs. Wayne High closed out the game with four more runs in the home half of the fifth to win by run-rule, 13-3 in five innings. WHS outhit Thurston-Cuming County, 9-3 as the TC Thunder committed five errors compared to two by WHS.
James Dorcey recorded a single, two doubles, drove in five runs and scored twice while Kaleb Moormeier singled, tripled, drove in the winning run and scored for Wayne. Gavin Redden also doubled and scored as Aiden Liston scored the winning run.
Devin Anderson and Brooks Kneifl both singled and scored three times; Brandon Bartos singled, drove in a run and scored as Toby Braun scored.
Wyatt Heikes (80 pitches) secured the victory in four innings allowing two runs off one hit while striking out four batters and walking three. Gavin Redden (20 pitches) worked the final inning allowing an earned run off two hits while striking out two batters.
Caleb Trimble led the TC Thunder at the plate with two of the three hits being singles. Jake Bruns singled and drove in a run while Trent Hansen, Pierce Paulson and Aiden Beckman all scored.
Alex Roth (88 pitches) suffered the loss in four innings allowing nine runs (four earned) off six hits while striking out four batters and walking eight. Paulson (16 pitches) worked the final two-thirds allowing four earned runs off three hits while walking one batter.
Later this week, a rescheduled game for the Wayne High baseball team will be played at St. Paul/Palmer on Thursday, April 14 starting at 4 p.m.