WAYNE – For the second time this week, the Wayne High softball team took part in a home contest.
From the Wayne Softball Complex, WHS hosted South Sioux City which marked the second of three straight home games.
The Blue Devils started off strong with a pair of first inning runs before adding three more in the second. WHS then put the game away thanks to six runs crossing the plate in the bottom of the third. South Sioux did score a run in the top of the fourth but it was Wayne winning 11-1 to improve to 8-3 on the season while the Cardinals are now 0-9.
Head coach Rob Sweetland was pleased with his team’s performance and they’re trying to find a line-up right now towards the bottom.
“Six – seven girls you know vying for those three or four hitting spots,” said Sweetland. “It’s just an open competition and it was good to see some of them come through.”
Nearly every hit contributed to the 10 total was a double for the Blue Devils as Kendall Dorey had two doubles, a single, two RBI and three runs scored. Aliah Schulz also doubled twice and drove in two runs as Taytum Sweetland singled, doubled and drove in three runs. Brooklyn Kruse doubled and drove in two runs; Tori Kniesche doubled and drove in a run as Brianna Nissen doubled. Kylen Robbins also accounted for a RBI.
Tori Kniesche picked up the no-hit win in three innings striking out all nine batters faced improving her record to 7-2 as she added one of her season goals.
“It’s just an awesome feeling it’s my senior year, so it’s just every minute I just take it in,” Kniesche added. “More strikeouts, I want to beat the Class B record in strikeouts.”
Dorey closed out the final inning allowing an earned run off one hit while striking out the final batter.
WHS vs. SSC:
1 2 3 4 R H E
0 0 0 1 1 1 2 – SSC
2 3 6 X 11 10 0 – WHS
The team will be back to work Friday at practice before taking the weekend off.
“Just fundamentals defensively and just continually seeing balls come in and track it with our eyes,” Sweetland mentioned. “I think it’s good for our girls when we’re doing that.”
Wayne High is back at home next Tuesday, September 10 hosting Columbus Lakeview at 6:30 p.m.