16-under Devils 1-2 at state tourney

The Wayne Dirt Devils 16-under softball team posted a 1-2 finish in the Class B state tournament over the weekend in Hastings.

On Friday, the Devils lost a 4-3 decision to the Nebraska Rage, giving up a run in the bottom of the seventh of a tightly-contested matchup.

Trailing 1-0 in the third, Wayne tied the game on a passed ball, scoring Hope O’Reilly. After the Rage scored in the fourth, Wayne tied the game again on another Rage mishap, bringing home Nikki Fertig to make it 2-2.

The Rage scored in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead again, but Wayne came back in the fifth, as Kendall Dorey scored on a passed ball with the bases loaded to make it 3-3.

Wayne couldn’t score in the final inning on the international tie-breaker, but the Rage brought a run home to win the game.

O’Reilly, Dorey, Fertig and Aliah Schulz all had hits in the losing effort. Dorey struck out nine and allowed four hits.

Wayne came back Saturday morning and pounded the McCook Rebels 13-2, using a six-run sixth inning to put the game out of reach.

Amara Hurlbert opened the big inning with a double and Virginia Kniesche scored as a courtesy runner on a single by Taytum Sweetland. Brianna Nissen followed with a triple to score two more runners, Schulz followed with a two-run double and Dorey added a triple to end the big rally.

Schulz, Dorey and Hurlbert each had two hits to lead a 10-hit attack. O’Reilly, Nissen and Sweetland each scored three runs and Aschoff came home twice. Hurlbert threw the complete-game win, allowing nine hits and striking out two.

In their final game, Wayne came up short in a comeback effort, losing to the Gothenburg Angels 5-4 to end their season with a 9-9 record.

Gothenburg took the lead with three runs in the first inning. Wayne countered with a run in the third on an error that brought Dorey home.

Gothenburg scored a run in the top of the fifth, but Wayne came back with three to tie the game at 4-4. Hurlbert brought home Schulz and Fleming with an RBI single, and Aschoff followed with an infield single that plated Hurlbert to tie the game.

The Angels scored the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth. Wayne had the tying run at second after O’Reilly opened the inning with a single, but could not get the tying run home as their tournament run came to an end.

Schulz, Fleming, Hurlbert and Aschoff each had two hits in the losing effort. Dorey struck out seven and allowed seven hits in the circle.

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