WAYNE – It was a mixed-bag for the Wayne softball team on Tuesday.
They won their fifth straight, but lost their starting pitcher in the process.
Junior Tori Kniesche left Tuesday’s home match-up with O’Neill after the third inning with an injury, leaving freshman Kendall Dorey to finish the game on the mound and pick up her first varsity win, as the Class C #1 Blue Devils topped the Eagles 9-1.
The game featured numerous twists and turns, starting out as a pitchers’ duel between Kniesche and O’Neill junior Morgan Breiner.
It was O’Neill who struck first in the top of the fifth inning, with a Chloe Scott single driving in Breiner. That represented the first run O’Neill had scored against Wayne since 2014.
But the Eagles were then struck with some bad luck in the bottom of the 5th, as Breiner was knocked out of the game on a come-backer by Wayne’s Kayla Fleming. From there, the Blue Devils took over, plating nine runs in the bottom of the fifth and getting the run-rule win.
Wayne coach Rob Sweetland said after the game he was unsure if Tori Kniesche would be available when the Blue Devils travel to the Lincoln Public Schools invite on Saturday. Kniesche had just been named national softball player of the week by the NFCA on Monday.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
O’NEILL (0-4) 0 0 0 0 1 X X – 1
WAYNE (5-0) 0 0 0 0 9 X X – 9
O’Neill vs. Ponca on Thursday
Wayne at the LPS Invite on Saturday