PIERCE – Day four of the Class B Area 5 Senior American Legion baseball tournament began the day with four teams before moving to a pair.
From Pierce, the seventh-seeded Wayne Post 43 Seniors took on the host of #5 Pierce Post 72 on Monday.
Pierce jumped ahead early and held onto an 11-3 victory in six innings.
Post 72 took advantage in the top of the first inning with three runs before scoring another run in the second to lead 4-0. Wayne then answered with a three-run home half of the second to pull within a run, trailing 4-3. Pierce pulled away in the top of the third pouring in five runs before scoring two more runs in the sixth to win 11-3.
Pierce improved to 11-11 while Wayne ended their season at 7-12.
Toby Braun singled and drove in a run while singles came from Gavin Redden, Aiden Liston, Cooper Zara and Calvin Starzl. Devin Anderson, Justin Sherman and Jacob Anderson all scored.
Wyatt Heikes suffered the loss in two and a third allowing nine runs off seven hits while striking out one batter and walking four. Devin Anderson worked the final three and two-thirds allowing two runs off three hits while striking out four batters and walking five.
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Michael Kruntorad recorded a three-run homerun and drove in four total runs while Bode Hoffmann singled, doubled, drove in two runs and scored twice for Pierce.
Travis Emory singled twice, drove in two runs and scored; Colby Anderson singled twice and scored; Champion White tripled and scored twice; Haiden Magnussen singled and scored; Tristan Kuehler singled; Dalton Svoboda accounted for a RBI; Keenan Valverde scored twice and Kaden Froehlick scored.
Anderson picked up the complete game victory in six innings allowing three runs off five hits while striking out four batters, hitting two and walking one.
Earlier this season Pierce won 14-4 thanks to an 11 run inning and a total of nine Wayne errors on June 6.
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3 1 5 0 0 2 11 10 2 – Pierce Post 72 Seniors
0 3 0 0 0 0 3 5 1 – Wayne Post 43 Seniors
Pierce will play #1 Columbus Lakeview (undefeated in tournament) as the top seed won 7-0 over #5 Albion Monday evening.
Tuesday night’s B5 Senior Legion championship game will start at 5:30 p.m. as Columbus Lakeview needs just one win to advance to state while the host Pierce will need to win twice. Columbus Lakeview defeated Pierce earlier in the tournament by a score of 13-2 on Saturday.
Find scores here.
The 2022 Class B Senior Legion State Tournament will be hosted by Broken Bow from Saturday, July 30 – Wednesday, August 3.