WAYNE – After not being able to play most of the 2020 season due to the pandemic, the Wayne State College baseball team completed a 34-game schedule with a mid-week home doubleheader.
From the WSC Pete Chapman Baseball Complex, Wildcat baseball seniors were recognized as the Wildcats ended the year hosting Upper Iowa Wednesday.
After Wayne State College secured an extra-inning 9-8 victory in the first game, it was the visiting Peacocks winning the final game, 9-4 which was called in the bottom of the seventh after two lightning delays. With the split, WSC ended their season with a 12-22 overall record (11-19 NSIC) while Upper Iowa is now 13-23 (11-18 NSIC).
During the opening game, WSC led 2-1 after the first inning as Upper Iowa then tied the game at 2-2 with a single run in the top of the second. Following a scoreless inning, the Wildcats outscored Upper Iowa, 3-1 in the fourth to lead 5-3. The Peacocks scored a run in the fifth, followed by WSC with a run in the sixth as Upper Iowa forced extras by outscoring the ‘Cats, 4-2 in the seventh. Wayne State College won in walk-off fashion with a sacrifice fly in the eighth to win 9-8.
Andrew Hanson kept the game alive with a two-run homerun in the seventh while Noah Roberts doubled, drove in two runs and scored for WSC. Alex Logelin accounted for the winning RBI and also singled and scored twice, Conner Fiene singled and drove in three runs, Peyton Barnes singled and scored twice (winning run), CJ Neumann scored twice as Bryce Bisenius scored once.
Lawson Zenner (2-1) secured the win in two innings of relief allowing two earned runs off three hits while striking out two batters. Aidan Breedlove started the opening six innings allowing six runs (five earned) off eight hits while striking out five batters.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
1 1 0 1 1 0 4 0 8 11 3 – Upper
2 0 0 3 0 1 2 1 9 5 3 – WSC
From the final game being shortened by weather, WSC scored early with a run in the first but then gave up single runs in the second and third before Upper Iowa pulled away with a four-run fourth and two more in the fifth. Down 8-1 entering the sixth, Wayne State College outscored the Peacocks with a 3-1 sixth as the game was called then due to multiple lightening delays being 9-4.
Four of the seven Wildcat hits went extra bases Bisenius recording two doubles and drove in two runs, Andrew Hanson singled and doubled while scoring twice as Brenden Madsen tripled and drove in a run for WSC. Nate Sailors singled and scored, Hunter Babe singled as Garrett Svoboda scored.
Keean Allen (0-2) suffered the loss in three and two-thirds allowing six runs (five earned) off seven hits while striking out three batters and walking two. Josh Renken worked an inning and a third allowing two earned runs off three hits while striking out and walking one batter each. Andrew Staebell pitched an inning allowing one run off one hit while striking out two batter as Logan Walters closed out the game in the final inning allowing one hit while striking out one and walking one batter each.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
0 1 1 4 2 1 0 9 12 0 – Upper
1 0 0 0 0 3 0 4 7 1 – WSC