WAYNE – The Wayne Post 43 Juniors and Seniors were back on the home diamond before getting the weekend off and preparing for a pair of road contests post 4th of July.
From Hank Overin Field, Wayne entertained Battle Creek Post 75 in a pair of one-run games.
During the Juniors outing, Wayne started off strong thanks to a five-run opening inning before tacking on one more run in the second to lead 6-0. Post 43 then outscored Battle Creek 4-2 in the third to lead 10-2. Post 75 then mounted their comeback with a six-run fourth and two runs each in the fifth and sixth to hold on for the time-limited game, 12-11. Wayne drops their second home contest of the week and are now 2-4.
Jacob Anderson singled twice, drove in three runs and scored once; Brooks Kneifl doubled, drove in two runs and scored while Aiden Liston singled, drove in two runs and scored twice for Wayne. Justin Sherman and Toby Braun both singled, drove in a run and scored; Max Miller singled and scored twice; James Dorcey singled, scored twice and drove in a run as Wyatt Heikes accounted for a run scored.
Calvin Starzl worked the top of the sixth inning (final inning) and suffered the loss allowing two earned runs while striking out two batters and walking four. Liston worked the opening three and a third allowing six runs (five earned) off one hit while walking four batters. Cooper Zara pitched an inning allowing four runs (three earned) off four hits as Brooks Kneifl came in for two-thirds of an inning striking out two batters and walking another two.
1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
0 0 2 6 2 2 12 5 2 – Battle Creek
5 1 4 1 0 0 11 8 1 – Wayne
In the Seniors game, Battle Creek took the early lead with a run in the first before Wayne used back-to-back innings of one-run baseball to lead 2-1. Following a scoreless fourth, Battle Creek brought in two runs in the top of the fifth before Wayne won in walk-off fashion with a two runs bottom of the seventh to win 4-3. Post 43 improves to 6-0 on the season.
With two away and the bases loaded, Jacob Kneifl recorded a two RBI double to win the game for Wayne. Hagan Miller added a single, double and run scored while Trevor DeBoer singled, drove in a run and scored. Brock Hopkins and Tyrus Eischeid both singled and scored; Josh Lutt singled and James Dorcey accounted for a RBI.
Eischeid picked up the win in two innings striking out two batters and walking one. Lutt opened the first five innings allowing two runs off six hits while striking out six batters and walking two.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
1 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 6 1 – Battle Creek
0 1 1 0 0 0 2 4 7 2 – Wayne
The Wayne Post 43 Jrs and Srs will next visit Arlington on Monday, July 6 at 5:30/8 p.m. before traveling to Albion on Thursday, July 9 at 5:30/8 p.m.