HASTINGS – With the ultimate goal of raising the state championship trophy in Hastings, the Wayne High softball team got a taste of the Smith Softball Complex during a weekend invitational.
Wayne High competed in the eight-team Adams Central Invite in Hastings on Saturday.
The Blue Devils began the day with Hastings St. Cecilia, dropping a 16-9 first round game before winning 5-4 in walk-off fashion over Polk County and then taking part in a high-scoring victory of 17-14 against Gering.
WHS went 2-1 on the day and are now 15-6 on the season.
From the opening round loss to St. Cecilia, Wayne led 2-1 in the opening inning before Hastings St. Cecilia outscored WHS, 10-3 in the second to lead 11-5. St. Cecilia again outscored Wayne, 4-2 in the third, scored a run in fourth before the Blue Devils tabbed two more runs in the top of the fifth. Final favored St. Cecilia, 16-9. Six of Wayne’s 11 hits were extra bases with one homerun while St. Cecilia had six extra base hits of their 10 total with five homeruns.
Aliah Schulz recorded a homerun, double, three RBI and three runs scored while Taytem Ellis doubled twice, singled, drove in two runs and scored for Wayne. Hope O’Reilly singled, doubled and scored twice; Kendall Dorey singled twice and drove in a run; Taytum Sweetland doubled and drove in two runs; Brooklyn Kruse singled and scored; Mikaela McManigal accounted for a RBI as single runs came from Virginia Kniesche and Brianna Nissen.
Dorey (65 pitches) suffered the loss in an inning and two-thirds allowing 11 runs (two earned) off six hits while walking four batters and giving up two home runs. Sammi Gubbels (52 pitches) worked two and a third innings allowing five earned runs off four hits while walking three batters and giving up three homeruns.
1 2 3 4 5 R H E
2 3 2 0 2 9 11 4 – WHS
1 10 4 1 X 16 10 1 – St. Cecilia
During the second game for Wayne, WHS scored two runs in the second before Polk County answered with a four-run third to lead 4-2. Following two scoreless innings, the Blue Devils then rallied off the bat of Schulz with a three-run homerun in the sixth inning to win in walk-off fashion, 5-4.
Schulz finished with a single and three-run homerun while Brooklyn Kurse doubled, drove in a run and scored for Wayne. Liberty Titiml, O’Reilly and McManigal all singled and scored as Ellis singled.
Dorey (119 pitches) secured the win in six innings allowing four runs (two earned) off six hits while striking out 11 batters and walking four.
1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
0 0 4 0 0 0 4 6 3 – Polk County
0 2 0 0 0 3 5 7 1 – WHS
In the final game of the day, both teams were scoreless during the opening two innings before Gering outscored Wayne, 4-3 in the third. WHS then took the lead with a two-run fourth and outscored Gerting, 5-1 in the fifth to lead 10-5. Gering posted a high-scoring sixth of 9-4 to tie the game up at 14 all while Wayne High regained the lead in the top of the seventh with three runs to win 17-14.
Schulz dominated at the plate with her third homerun of the day, three RBI and three runs scored; O’Reilly added a homerun, two RBI and two runs scored; Kierah Haase singled, doubled and scored three times as Dorey singled, doubled and drove in a run for Wayne.
Ellis singled three times and drove in five runs; Brooklyn Kruse singled twice, drove in a run and scored; McManigal singled twice, drove in a run and scored twice; Sweetland singled twice and scored twice; Kniesche singled twice, drove in three runs and scored twice as Nissen scored twice.
Dorey (127 pitches) secured the win in six and a third innings allowing eight runs (five earned) off six hits while striking out four batters and walking five. Gubbels (33) worked two-thirds of an inning allowing six runs (one earned) off four hits.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
0 0 3 2 5 4 3 17 17 9 – WHS
0 0 4 0 1 9 0 14 10 4 – Gering
Wayne High will next close out their regular season on Thursday, September 30 hosting Guardian Angels Central Catholic. WHS will also take part in the Mid State Conference tournament in Pierce on Saturday, October 2.