WAYNE – With both teams locked up at 1-1 entering the sixth inning, the Wayne Post 43 Juniors took advantage of some fielding errors and scored late to secure a Tuesday night victory.
From Hank Overin Field in Wayne, #1 Wayne Post 43 competed against #4 Albion for the second time in the Class B Area 5 Junior American Legion Tourney (third time this season).
Both teams scored early as Wayne produced a run in the first and Albion answered in the second. Both teams were scoreless the next three innings until a three-run sixth inning allowed Post 43 to secure a 4-1 victory and remain undefeated at 24-0. Albion fell to 12-8.
Devin Anderson used a one-out triple to get the sixth inning run production started who also finished with a single, RBI and run scored as Aiden Liston used a squeeze bunt to score Anderson.
Gavin Redden and Kaleb Moormeier both singled and scored, Jase Dean and Kaden Keller both singled as Will Leseberg scored.
Redden (80) picked up the complete game victory in seven innings allowing an earned run off six hits while striking out six batters and walking one.
Albion leaders came from Luke Curry with two singles and the lone RBI; Trent Patzel doubled and scored as Caden Stokes also doubled. Jarrett Rother and Austin Wiese both singled.
Patzel (82) suffered the loss in six innings allowing four runs (three earned) off seven hits while striking out six batters.
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0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 1 – Albion Post 162
1 0 0 0 0 3 X 4 7 0 – Wayne Post 43 Juniors
Wahoo will host the Class B Junior American Legion Baseball State Tournament from Saturday, July 16 – Wednesday, July 20.
The other early game will feature Area 4 Champ Sutton vs. Area 7 Champ Alliance at 1 p.m. The two opening session losers will play each other at 10 a.m. on Sunday while the two winner’s would play at 4 p.m. also on Sunday.
The other half of the bracket will showcase Area 3 representative Lincoln Christian (finished runner-up, Brester Construction) vs. Area 1 Champ Hickman at 4 p.m. followed by the host Wahoo (Area 3 Champ) vs. Area 6 Champ Broken Bow at 7 p.m. The two losers will play each other at 1 p.m. on Sunday while the two winner’s would play at 7 p.m. also on Sunday.