WEST POINT – As the Junior American Legion team in Wayne survived another elimination game to have a chance to play in the championships game, the age level right below just wrapped up their season.
West Point was the host for the 2018 Tri-County League Pony Division Championship game Monday featuring #3 Wayne and #4 Oakland-Craig.
Wayne took control of the game to win 12-2 and earned their fourth consecutive Pony Tournament league title. Wayne defeated Bancroft/Lyons in 2017; Arlington in 2016 and Wakefield in 2015.
The Wayne Ponies recorded wins throughout the tournament over #14 Howells/Dodge, (16-1); #6 Wisner (11-1) and #2 Arlington Maroon (8-7) outscoring their opponents 47-11 over the four games.
Conoslation result: #2 Arlington Maroon defeated #1 Pierce, 13-5.
From the updated stats: Tanner Walling paced Wayne at the plate with a pair of doubles. Brooks Kneifl and Calvin Starzl both added a single and double; Toby Braun singled twice; as James Dorcey, Justin Sherman, Kyran Bartos and Cooper Zara all tacked on singles.
Kneifl picked up the complete game win in six innings allowing two runs off of three hits while striking out 11 batters and walking one.
The Wayne Ponies end their season at 13-2 with losses being at Pierce (5-0) on June 6 and vs. the West Point Astros (6-5) on June 17.
Round three action from the Didget Division took place Monday evening.
#8 Wayne Blue defeated #1 North Bend Whitesox, 8-2 while #2 Wayne White won against #7 Oakland/Craig Cubs, 6-4. Other results found #5 West Point Patriots win against #13 Logan View Gold, 6-3 as #6 Howells/Dodge defeated #3 Pender White, 6-0.
Didget semi-finals and finals are set for Wednesday, July 11 and Friday, July 13 in Arlington. #8 Wayne Blue will face #5 West Point Patriots as #2 Wayne White will battle #6 Howells/Dodge Wednesday with time still to be determined.
Round three for the Bronco Division is slated for this evening. #1 Wayne White will host #8 Wakefield at 6:30 p.m. with #4 Wayne Blue taking on #12 Wisner at the same time from the Summer Sports Complex. If both Wayne teams win, they’ll play each other on Thursday during the semifinals in North Bend at either 6 or 7:30 p.m.
On the other half of the bracket, #3 Columbus Lakeview will host #6 Pender while #2 Oakland/Craig Sluggers will take on #7 Oakland/Craig Cubs.
The finals will also be held in North Bend on Saturday, July 14.