Wayne Baseball Uses Go-Ahead Run In Seventh To Secure Season-Opening Road Victory; Tuesday Home Game Postponed To April 9

ARLINGTON – Ahead of a busy week of baseball for the Wayne High spring team, the Blue Devils opened their 2022 schedule with a road outing.

From the Washington County Fairgrounds, Wayne visited Arlington on Monday.

The Blue Devils posted a run in the top of the seventh to take a one-run lead against Arlington and win 5-4. WHS begins their season with a 1-0 start while the Eagles are now 1-2 as Arlington split with Omaha North (W 4-3) and Concordia/Brownell Talbot/Omaha Christian Academy (L 3-5) on March 18 – 19 in Arlington.

In the varsity contest, Wayne scored a run in the first inning and one more in the top of the third to lead 2-0. WHS doubled their scoring with a two-run fifth inning to go up 4-0. Arlington then tied the game up thanks to four runs in the home half of the sixth. But in the top of the seventh, Aiden Liston drove in Calvin Starzl (running for James Dorcey) to allow Wayne to go up 5-4 and hold on for the road victory. The Blue Devils outhit Arlington, 7-6 as Arlington also had six errors compared to two from WHS.

Brooks Kneifl recorded a double and two runs scored while Liston singled twice and drove in two runs for WHS. Kaleb Moormeier singled, drove in a run and scored; Dorcey singled and drove in a run; Gavin Redden singled and scored; Jacob Anderson singled, Wyatt Heikes accounted for a RBI and Calvin Starzl scored.

Dorcey (17 pitches) picked up the win in the final inning allowing one hit while striking out and walking one batter each. Brooks Kneifl (69 pitches) worked five innings allowing one hit while striking out 10 batters. Kaleb Moormeier (33 pitches) came in for an inning allowing four runs (three earned) off four hits while striking out two batters and walking one.

The Wayne High baseball team was next scheduled to host Fort Calhoun on Tuesday but the game has been postponed due to weather. Wayne High will host Fort Calhoun now on Saturday, April 9 with varsity at 11 a.m. followed by JV at 1 p.m.

Other games this week for WHS include road competition at Thurston-Cuming County from Tom Nitzschke Field in Pender on Thursday, March 24 at 4:30 p.m. (JV at 6 p.m.) and a varsity doubleheader against Wahoo/Bishop Neumann/Lincoln Lutheran from Sam Crawford Baseball Field in Wahoo starting at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 25.