PONCA – Following a Wood Bat Tourney Championship for the Wayne Post 43 Juniors and runner-up for the Seniors, it was back to Ralph Bishop League play with just five league games remaining.
From Ponca, Wayne Post 43 was on the road Monday evening.
In the Juniors game, both teams scored a run in the opening inning while Ponca took a 2-1 lead after the second. Wayne Post 43 then outscored Ponca 4-2 in the third and 5-3 in the fourth to lead 10-7. After a scoreless fifth, both teams tallied a run in the sixth before being called due to time limit. Final found Wayne winning 11-8 to improve to 10-0 on the season.
1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
1 0 4 5 0 1 11 9 1 – Post 43 Wayne
1 1 2 3 0 1 8 4 1 – Ponca
Reid Korth recorded a pair of singles and three RBI as Gunnar Jorgensen added two singles and a RBI to pace Wayne. Jacob Kneifl tacked on a double and two RBI while Victor Kniesche added a double and three RBI. Hagan Miller, Trevor DeBoer and Blake Bartos all singled as Brock Hopkins accounted for a RBI.
Kniesche picked up the win in three and a third innings allowing five runs (three earned) off of two hits while striking out two batters and walking five. Tyrus Eischeid started the opening inning and two-thirds allowing two earned runs off of two hits while striking out two batters and walking five. Drew Buck worked the final inning allowing one run while striking out and walking one batter each.
From the Seniors contest, following a pair of scoreless innings both teams produced a run in the third inning before Ponca took a 2-1 lead in the fourth. After another pair of scoreless innings, Wayne forced extras with a run in the seventh and again both teams tallied a run in the eighth to make the score 3-3. The Wayne Post 43 Seniors were able to score a run for the third straight inning and hold off Ponca in the ninth for the 4-3 victory. Wayne is now 10-3 on the season.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 4 11 1 – Post 43 Wayne
0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 9 5 – Ponca
Payten Gamble and Tucker Nichols each produced a single, double and RBI to lead Wayne at the plate. Zane Jackson and Gunner Jorgensen both singled twice, Tyler Lutt added a double as Hagan Miller and Brennan O’Reilly each tacked on a single.
Gamble picked up the win in an inning and two-thirds allowing two hits while striking out three batters in 22 pitches. Zane Jackson started the game and worked seven and a third innings allowing three runs (two earned) off of seven hits while striking out seven batters and walking two.
Max Masin paced Ponca at the plate with a pair of singles and one RBI as Bubba Cabrales doubled and drove in a run. Derrek Touney tacked on two singles; Evan Anderson doubled while Hunter Volkert, Connor Day and Gage McGill all singled.
Touney suffered the loss in an inning and two-thirds allowing an earned run off of one hit while walking one batter. Anderson started the opening seven and a third allowing three runs (one earned) off of 10 hits while striking out three batters and walking two.
The Wayne Post 43 Juniors and Seniors will next host Columbus Lakeview on Wednesday, June 13 at 5:45/8 p.m.