Blue Devil softball back on track with three wins

The Wayne High softball team erased last week’s three-game losing streak with a trio of wins as they took home-field advantage to a pair of triangular wins Tuesday and an easy win on Thursday.

On Tuesday, the Blue Devils got a no-hitter from Tori Kniesche to post a 2-1 win over Bishop Neumann, then shut out Highway 91 in a 12-0 whitewashing at the Summer Sports Complex.

Neumann scored a run in the top of the fifth and held that lead until the bottom of the seventh when Wayne came from behind to score a pair of runs for the win.

Virginia Kniesche got the winning rally started when she reached on an error and moved to second. She advanced to third on a single by Amara Hurlbert, then came home on Nikki Fertig’s single to center to tie the game.

After a walk to Kendall Dorey, Kayla Fleming sent the first pitch she saw to right, allowing Hurlbert to come around and score the winning run.

Kniesche allowed a walk and a hit batter, which accounted for the Cavaliers’ run. She struck out 19 batters and finished with a no-hitter to get the win. Brooklyn Kruse had two of Wayne’s five hits in the comeback win.

Wayne lit up the Cyclones in the finale, scoring six in the first and four in the second before Kniesche ended the game with a two-run bomb over the wall in center field, part of a three-hit, three-RBI effort at the plate for the senior.

Fleming, Fertig, Aliah Schulz and Taytum Sweetland each scored two runs in the win. Fleming and Dorey also had hits and Dorey, Kniesche, Kruse and Brianna Nissen each scored a run. Kniesche struck out eight and threw a three-inning perfect game.

On Thursday, the Blue Devils had no problems with South Sioux City, limiting the Cardinals to a single hit in an 11-1 win.

Eight of Wayne’s 10 hits went for doubles, including two each from Schulz and Dorey. Sweetland, Kruse, Kniesche and Nissen also had doubles.

Dorey scored three times and had two RBI’s, Schulz scored two and drove in two, and Sweetland had three RBI’s and scored twice for the 8-3 Blue Devils. Kniesche struck out nine in three innings before Dorey finished off the game with one inning of one-hit relief.

Wayne plays host to Columbus Lakeview on Tuesday.

The Wayne Herald

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