WAHOO – It was Championship Tuesday from Sam Crawford Field during the 2018 Class B5 Junior American Legion Baseball Tournament.
After #4 Lincoln Lutheran defeated #1 Wayne on Saturday, 4-2, the two teams met twice more.
Wayne started the first game with a run in the opening inning and another in the third to lead 2-0. Post 43 then scored in back-to-back innings to lead 4-0 before Lincoln Lutheran scored a run in the home half of the sixth as Wayne held on for the 4-1 victory.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
1 0 1 0 1 1 0 4 5 4 – Wayne Post 43
0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 5 – Lincoln Lutheran Post 3
Reid Korth recorded a pair of singles and drove in two runs while Jacob Kneifl singled twice, drove in a run and scored a run for Wayne. Trevor DeBoer singled, Hagan Miller scored twice as Josh Lutt scored once.
DeBoer picked up the complete game win in seven innings allowing one run of off two hits while striking out five batters, walking two and hitting one.
Josh Dodson singled and scored the lone run for Lutheran. Ashton Polk singled as Andrew Lofgren drove in the lone run.
Lofgren suffered the loss in six and a third innings allowing four runs off of five hits while striking out one batter, walking four and hitting two. Brayden Rolfsmeyer worked the final two-thirds.
In the second game, Wayne Post 43 started by scoring a run in the first inning. Following a pair of scoreless innings, Wayne added two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and both teams scored a run in the sixth. Final found Wayne Post 43 Juniors advancing to their fourth straight state tournament with a 5-1 win. Wayne improves to 19-4 on the season as Lincoln Lutheran falls to 13-13.
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0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 3 – Lincoln Lutheran Post 3
1 0 0 2 1 1 X 5 11 0 – Wayne Post 43
Reid Korth paced Wayne with a pair of doubles, a triple and run scored. Jacob Kneifl singled twice and scored a run; Victor Kniesche and Trevor DeBoer both doubled; Josh Lutt singled and scored a run; as Hagan Miller, Gunnar Jorgensen and Blake Bartos all singled and Tyrus Eischeid scored twice.
Kniesche picked up the win in six innings allowing one run off of five hits while striking out six batters, walking three and hitting two. Drew Buck closed out the game in an inning striking out two batters.
Brighton Kollipara singled and scored the lone run driven by Tanner Lebo off a single for Lincoln Lutheran. Josh Dodson, Andrew Lofgren and Jackson Oermon all singled.
Lebo suffered the loss in six innings allowing five runs off of 11 hits while striking out two batters.
Wayne will next face Ashland, the Area 2 Champion who defeated Blair twice Tuesday (4-3/5-4) for the Class B Junior American Legion Baseball State Tournament from Pawnee Park in Columbus.
Wayne competed in the Bennington Tourney in 2015, Sidney in 2016 and Nebraska City in 2017.
Area 1: #4 Hickman won over #1 Auburn, 12-4
Area 3: #3 Mount Michael defeated #1 Bennington twice (7-1/5-4)
Area 4: #1 Central City won over #3 York, 10-0
Area 6: #1 McCook defeated #3 Kearney Catholic, 12-2
Area 7: #1 Alliance wins second game over #2 Gering, 11-7 after Gering forced the second game (6-5)
Host: Lakeview Post 283
The 2018 Class B Junior American Legion Baseball State Tourney is scheduled for Saturday, July 14 – Wednesday, July 18.