WAYNE – Tuesday afternoon high school softball showcased postseason competition in northeast Nebraska.
From the Wayne Softball Complex, #1 Wayne and #2 NEN (Wisner-Pilger/Pender/BRLD) competed in the B-6 Subdistrict Softball Tourney elimination game.
Following a pair of scoreless innings, Wayne got on the board in the top half of the third but gave up four in the home half. NEN then added to their lead thanks to a five-run fourth inning to go up 9-2. The Vipers then pushed across the game winning run in the fifth for the final of 10-2. NEN improves to 22-5 while WHS fell to 20-7.
Virginia Kniesche singled, drove in a run and scored while Brooklyn Kruse singled and drove in a run for Wayne. Logan Miller also singled as Nikki Fertig scored.
Kendall Dorey suffered the loss in four and a third innings allowing 10 runs (three earned) off seven hits while striking out seven batters and walking three.
NEN was led at the plate by Lillie Timm with a three-run homerun, singled twice, accounted for four RBI and two runs scored. Maria Ras added two singles and two RBI; Mesa Kelly singled and scored twice; Paige Schuster singled and scored; Dawson Anderson and Skyler Prokop both scored twice as Reese Kneifl scored and had a RBI.
Macy Stuhr picked up the win in five innings allowing two runs (one earned) off three hits while striking out one batter.
Wayne vs. NEN:
1 2 3 4 5 R H E
0 0 2 0 0 2 3 5 – Wayne
0 0 4 5 1 10 7 2 – NEN
Wayne High will look to receive one of the six wildcards after the 10 subdistrict champions are crowned Tuesday. The 16 teams will be re-seeded 1-16 as the top eight will host the bottom eight on Friday, October 9. The NSAA State Softball Tournament for all classes will be on Wednesday, October 14 – 16 in Hastings.
#2 NEN was in action Tuesday afternoon against #3 Crete during the championship game. Crete defeated NEN, 12-2 by run rule to be crowned B-6 Subdistrict champions.
Class B District final schedule: TBA
Class C District final schedule: game time/date still to be determined.
#1 GACC vs. #16 O’Neill
#2 Fairbury vs. #15 Filmore Central/Exeter-Milligan/Friend
#3 Bishop Neumann vs. #14 Highway 91
#4 Auburn vs. #13 Ponca
#5 Kearney Catholic vs. #12 Southern Valley/Alma
#6 Hastings St. Cecilia vs. #11 Freeman
#7 Malcolm vs. #10 Arlington
#8 Central City vs. #9 Tekamah-Herman