WAHOO – Members of the Wayne High baseball team closed out a series of three-games in two days with a Friday night road doubleheader.
From the Sam Crawford Baseball Field in Wahoo, the Blue Devils visited the team of Wahoo/Bishop Neumann/Lincoln Lutheran in a varsity only showdown.
Wayne High suffered back-to-back two-run losses of 5-3 and 8-6 in Wahoo. WHS fell to 2-2 while Wahoo/Bishop Neumann/Lincoln Lutheran improved to 3-3.
During the opening game, Wayne High took a 2-1 in the top of the third before the team from Wahoo knotted the game up with a run in the home half of the fourth. Wahoo/Bishop Neumann/Lincoln Lutheran outscored the Blue Devils, 3-1 in the fifth to hold on for the 5-3 victory. Wahoo outhit Wayne, 9-5 as both teams recorded two errors.
Wayne High was led at the plate by Devin Anderson with two singles and a run scored as Brooks Kneifl singled and drove in a run. Gavin Redden singled and scored twice; Cooper Zara singled as James Dorcey accounted for a RBI.
Dorcey (34 pitches) suffered the loss in two innings of relief allowing three runs (two earned) off five hits. Aiden Liston (56) started the opening three innings allowing two earned runs off three hits while walking three batters. Devin Anderson (27) worked the final inning allowing one hit while striking out and walking two batters each.
In the second game of the night, Wahoo led 2-1 after the first inning as Wayne High took a 4-3 lead after outscoring Wahoo, 3-1 in the third. Wahoo/Bishop Neumann/Lincoln Lutheran added four runs in the fourth and poured in one more run in the fifth to lead 8-4. The Blue Devils scored two more runs in the top of the seventh but fell 8-6. Wahoo outhit WHS, 9-6 as both teams each recorded an error.
Top Blue Devil performances came from James Dorcey with three singles, two RBI and two runs scored as Aiden Liston and Jacob Anderson both singled and drove in a run. Calvin Starzl singled, Kaleb Moormeier scored twice as Gavin Redden and Brooks Kneifl both scored.
Wyatt Heikes (82 pitches) suffered the loss in three and two-thirds allowing seven runs (five earned) off five hits while striking out seven batters and walking three. Cooper Zara (33 pitches) worked an inning and a third of releif allowing an earned run off three hits while striking out and walking two batters each. Keden Keller (17 pitches) closed out the final inning allowing one hit while striking out and walking one batter each.
The Wayne High baseball team will be off until Tuesday, March 29 for their home opener with Douglas County West. Varsity action will open the day at 4:30 p.m. from Hank Overin Field followed by JV competition around 6 p.m.