HASTINGS – A trio of games were played Thursday afternoon into the evening during the B-1 District Baseball Tournament.
From Duncan Field in Hastings, #3 Wayne High closed out the night by advancing to the semifinal round and securing their first postseason victory since 2013.
The Blue Devils competed with #6 Douglas County West and won 12-2 in five innings thanks to an eight-run fourth inning off five hits. WHS improves to 12-7 while the Falcons dropped their sixth straight ending their season at 2-17.
Wayne High opened the game when sophomore Brooks Kneifl singled and drove in senior Reid Korth. Brooks later scored on a passed ball to put Wayne High ahead 2-0 in the first.
Douglas County West then took advantage of Wayne’s junior relief pitcher James Dorcey as juniors CJ Wieczorek and Joe Graham both singled and drove in runs of freshman Jonas Meairs-Richman and junior Carter Strubbe in the top of the fourth.
The game was tied entering the bottom of the fourth before Wayne High took control with eight runs.
In the fourth, freshman Kaleb Moormeier led off the inning with a single and later scored after three straight walks were issued to senior Jacob Kneifl, Dorcey and Korth. Brooks Kneifl then cleared the bases with a three-RBI double and later scored. Seniors Victor Kneische and Jaxon Mrsny both earned free passes (HBP/BB) and later scored. Junior Toby Braun also singled and scored as Moormeier earned another single as did Jacob Kneifl in the inning.
In the fifth, Korth singled and scored as Brooks Kneifl singled and scored the final run thanks to a single by Miller.
Brooks Kneifl stole the show with two singles, two doubles, five RBI and three runs scored while Moormeier singled twice, drove in two runs and scored for Wayne. Korth singled, drove in a run and scored three times; Max Miller singled and drove in two runs; Toby Braun singled, drove in a run and scored; Jacob Kneifl and Dorcey both singled and scored as Jaxon Mrsny and Kniesche both scored.
Dorcey (37 pitches) picked up the win in two innings of relief work allowing two earned runs off two hits while striking out one batter. Jacob Kneifl (47 pitches) started the opening three innings allowing two hits while striking out five batters and walking one.
Meairs-Richman doubled and scored as Wieczorek and Graham both singled and drove in runs for Douglas County West. Senior Kayden Kehrli also singled as Carter Strubbe scored for the Falcons.
Graham (106 pitches) suffered the loss in three and two-thirds allowing 10 earned runs off six hits while striking out two batters and walking eight. Sophomore Wrigley Strong (26 pitches) came in for two-thirds of an inning allowing two earned runs off five hits.
WHS vs. DC West:
1 2 3 4 5 R H E
0 0 0 2 0 2 4 0 – DC
2 0 0 8 2 12 11 2 – WHS
Other first day scores saw #4 Concordia/Brownell Talbot/Omaha Christian Academy defeat #5 Fort Calhoun, 8-1 while #2 Plattsmouth topped #7 Auburn, 4-3 in eight innings. Concordia/Brownell Talbot/Omaha Christian Academy will next face #1 Hastings at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 7 followed by Plattsmouth vs. Wayne around 5 p.m. Pregame show coverage is set for 4:40 p.m. on The City ‘KCTY’ 98.9/1590 and waynedailynews.com.
B-2 (Hickman – Norris): #5 GACC/SS/West Point-Beemer won 10-4 over #4 Platte Valley and will next face #1 Norris at 6 p.m. on Friday at Hickman Park.
B-4 (Omaha Skutt Catholic): #4 Wahoo/Bishop Neumann/Lincoln Lutheran eliminated #5 Thurston-Cuming County, 3-2.
B-6 –(Central City/Fullerton/Centura): #4 Omaha Gross Catholic eliminated #5 South Sioux City, 6-1.