WAYNE – After dropping a trio of wood bat tournament games earlier this month, the Wayne Post 43 Senior American Legion baseball team has put together a nice winning streak as that momentum carried into the league tournament.
From Hank Overin Field in Wayne, Post 43 hosted the 2021 Ralph Bishop League Senior Legion North Division semifinals on Tuesday.
Game one of the night favored #3 Pierce over #2 Battle Creek, 6-1 while #1 Wayne then secured an 11-4 victory over #4 Ponca.
Wayne Post 43 won their fifth straight to now sit 11-3 on the season.
The Wayne Seniors scored single runs in the first and second innings to lead 2-0. Post 43 then outscored Ponca, 2-1 in the fourth and Wayne added two more runs in the fifth to lead 6-1. Wayne Post 43 also outscored Ponca, 5-3 in the sixth to win 11-4.
Reid Korth doubled twice, drove in a run and scored twice; James Dorcey singled twice, doubled, drove in three runs and scored while Blake Bartos singled twice, drove in two runs and scored twice. Jacob Anderson singled twice, drove in a run and scored; Brock Hopkins singled; Jacob Kneifl accounted for a RBI and run scored as Wyatt Heikes, Justin Sherman, Toby Braun and Devin Anderson all scored.
Kneifl (73 pitches) secured the win in five innings allowing an earned run off three hits while striking out nine batters and walking one. Bartos (34 pitches) worked two-thirds of an inning allowing three earned runs off one hit while striking out one batter and walking three. Korth (22) closed out the final inning striking out one batter and walking two.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
0 0 0 1 0 3 0 4 4 5 – Ponca
1 1 0 2 2 5 X 11 10 0 – Wayne
North Division second round Junior Legion scores: Thursday, July 1 schedule
#1 Pierce vs. #2 Hartington at 7 p.m. in Pierce.
South Division second round Junior Legion scores: Thursday, July 1 schedule
#3 Arlington vs. #1 Columbus Lakeview at 7 p.m. in Arlington (correction from previous post)
North Division second round Senior Legion schedule: Tuesday, June 29 scores
#3 Pierce defeated #2 Battle Creek, 6-1 while #1 Wayne defeated #4 Ponca, 11-4. Semifinal game will be played on Friday, July 2 featuring #1 Wayne vs. #3 Pierce from Hank Overin Field at 7 p.m.
South Division second round Senior Legion schedule: Tuesday, June 29 scores
#2 Pender defeated #6 Hooper-Scribner, 10-2 while #1 Columbus Lakeview defeated #4 West Point, 5-1. Lakeview will face Pender on Friday, July 2 in Columbus at 7 p.m.