Blue Devils softball breezes to Mercy title

The Wayne High softball team won three games and took home the first-place trophy in the Mercy Invitational, finishing it off with a 2-0 shutout of Plattsmouth.

The Blue Devils opened the day with a 5-2 win over Omaha Mercy. They took control early with three runs in the first inning, highlighted by a two-run triple from Jamie Gamble. Jenna Trenhaile also scored on a wild pitch.

Wayne got another run in the fourth on an RBI double by Masyn Dorey, then added a run in the fifth on an RBI double by Kennedy Maly to close out the win.

Trenhaile and Gamble each had two hits to lead a six-hit effort. Both of Gamble’s hits went for extra bases, as she had a double and a triple. Dorey, Maly and Trenhaile also had doubles. Tori Kniesche threw a four-hitter, striking out 15 and walking five.

In the semifinals, Kniesche threw her fifth no-hitter of the year as Wayne beat David City/East Butler 9-0.

Wayne got five runs in the second, thanks to an error, a three-RBI double by Abby Ankeny and an RBI single by Dorey. Ankeny drove home two more runs in the third, and Gamble drove in two more in the fourth to close out the win.

Ankeny had two hits and five RBI’s and Gamble added three RBI’s in the win. Kniesche had two hits as part of an eight-hit attack. In the pitcher’s circle, she struck out 13 and walked five to record another no-hitter.

In the finals, Kniesche threw a one-hitter and struck out 18 to help the Blue Devils defeat Plattsmouth 2-0 to take first-place honors.

Wayne broke a scoreless tie in the fifth when Gamble scored on a Plattsmouth error. They added an insurance run in the sixth, thanks to an RBI single by Kniesche that scored Maly.

Kniesche had two hits to lead a six-hit attack. Trenhaile, Maly, Gamble and Annie Kniesche also added hits.

The 14-2 Blue Devils will play in a triangular with Schuyler and West Point-Beemer at West Point on Monday.

The Wayne Herald

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