WAYNE – A pair of Wayne High softball players were recognized with all-state honors following the 2020 season.
According to a social media post from @_Wayne Softball on November 1, junior pitcher Kendall Dorey and sophomore shortstop Brooklyn Kruse were both tabbed honorable mention all-state in both the Omaha World Herald and Lincoln Journal Star.
Dorey pitched all 145 innings for Wayne this year going 20-9. She had a 2.8 ERA, allowed 109 runs (58 earned) off 110 hits while striking out 224 batters and walking 78. She also led the team at the plate with team-bests 42 hits, 24 singles, nine doubles, eight homeruns and 46 RBI. She finished her junior season with a .512 batting average, a triple and nine runs scored.
Kruse was right behind Dorey in the hitting department tied with Mikaela McManigal for second with 25 hits. The sophomore SS led the team in runs scored with 30, was second in homeruns with four, second in RBIs with 29, tied for third with Taytum Sweetland in doubles with four and had 17 singles. Kruse finished the year with a .362 batting average.
The Blue Devil softball team suffered a pair of B-6 District final loses at Grand Island Central Catholic of 7-6 and 15-2. WHS ended their season at 20-9 just one step away from the state tournament.
In program history (since 2002), only 2006 and 2020 were the two years that Wayne High didn’t qualify for state.
Nicole Fertig was the lone senior as Wayne High will return plenty of experience to next year’s team and look to make a postseason run.